I think wind farms are beautiful, so just ignore my point about that perhaps and concentrate on the simpler part.

If I want to extend a building upwards by the height of solar panels and water tanks, and I have had the strength of the building inspected, surely this could be enough to allow automatic planning permission just as previous generations argued for their sheds and porch extensions to be covered automaticaly.

Why is this idea important?

The current system allows people within a stones' throw to comment, but doesn't encourage all of these effected by power from a wind farm or solar panel to comment.

The current system allows unreasonable fears and judgements of beauty to be accepted by a planning committee as something like "strength of local feeling in allowing solar panels".

Oh I've just had an afterthought: shurely satalite dishes are beautiful when you're used to them. Shouldn't they be allowed too?

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