Church launches legal challenge after refused planning permission for solar panels

A listed church has launched a legal challenge against a national park after it was refused planning permission to install solar panels on its roof. Wardens want to make the 280-year-old grade II listen St Anne's Church more energy efficient by installing 28 solar panels on its slate roof. But planning chiefs at the Lake District National Park refused permission as they would hide the slate roof of the Georgian church in the village of Ings, near Kendal. In its ruling, the authority said the plans "would represent a visual intrusion, disruption and contrast in the consistency of materials displayed in the building." It ruled it would be have an "adverse impact on the outstanding universal values of the English Lakes World Heritage Site and the character of the local area".