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Grade II listed church in the Lake District launches legal battle against national park after planning application to get solar panels on the roof is refused

An 18th Century church has launched a legal challenge against a national park after planning chiefs refused permission to install solar panels on its roof – even though local residents are backing plans to help make the church more sustainable.

Wardens at the 280-year-old, grade II listed St Anne’s Church, in Ings, near Kendal, want to make the building 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.’

The authority said it would have an ‘adverse impact on the outstanding universal values of the English Lakes World Heritage Site and the character of the local area’.

However, a church judge from the Diocese of Carlisle has blessed the plans, giving official Church of England backing to an appeal by the church’s wardens.

Church warden John Hiley, 75, said: ‘We are all absolutely on the same page – so much happens in the church.

‘The view of the south-facing roof is extremely restricted and you can hardly see it unless you are in front of the church.

‘But in the majority of the village, you can’t see it anyway.

‘There’s three residents who can see the roof and they are all shocked at the national park’s decision.’

The authority said the church, which dates back to 1743 with a roof made of ‘weathered local slate’, is of ‘high historic significance’.

Its decision was supported by conservation groups the Georgian Group and Historic England.

Locals in the village have also voiced their support for the plans, which they say are much-needed for a more sustainable energy resource.

Parish councillor Paul Riley, 67, has lived next to the church for 15 years and says nobody has any objections.

He said: ‘The daft thing is, is that we want sustainability and we want to keep it as a church and need to help it pay its way, so nobody has any objections.

‘I’m sure they will look as nice as possible. There’s only a few people who could see them, that’s including me, and none of us are complaining about it whatsoever.

‘It’s because it’s a historical building and a listed building but to us, there’s no logical reason why you couldn’t do it.’

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