The old policy was adopted by the City Council in July 2019, which has now also approved the new policy.
Nationally protected cityscape
The new policy was put in place because the demand for solar panels was increasing and many owners of monuments or other buildings in the nationally protected cityscape weren’t always able to cope with the previous policy.
With a rich cultural history, it is important, according to the municipality, that the use of solar panels be handled with care, but at the same time it is important to set aside space for sustainability. This is now possible because the Monuments and Buildings Commission has found room to amend the policy at a few points.
side roof surfaces
A space will also be created in the historic city center for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the side roofs. Often this is already possible on flat roofs and roof-back roofs under the old policy. However, for all buildings in nationally protected areas – ‘t Zand, de Muntel and the historic city center – the solar panels may not be visible from the general area. Customization also remains when looking for options for special roofs, for example.
There will also be more options for national or municipal monuments outside of protected areas at the national level. In the new policy, solar panels may sometimes be visible. In these areas, owners of unlisted buildings do not need a permit to install solar panels. In this way, the municipality makes dealing with protected and unprotected buildings somewhat less straightforward.
Finally, ‘s-Hertogenbosch wants to provide a scope for exceptions in special cases in protected areas at the national level. In places where historical cultural values are not or are not at risk, more customization can make it possible to install solar panels. According to the municipality, this can apply to individual buildings, but also to smaller areas.
Relaxation goes along with Guideline issued by the Netherlands Agency for Cultural Heritage Drafted in 2020. There will be a public (digital) version of the policy rules so that there is also more awareness and people can more easily find the options available.
“It’s good that there are now more options for installing solar panels in our areas of cultural, historical and archaeological value,” says Alderman Marianne van der Sloot. It is an important way to save energy and reduce costs. We also continue to follow trends and offer tailored solutions to make the impacts more sustainable, in order to achieve this as much as possible.
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