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Planning Renewable Energy In Cornwall - Adrian Lea (Cornwall Council) Planning Renewable Energy In Cornwall - Adrian Lea (Cornwall Council) Presentation Transcript

  • Planning for Renewable Energy in Cornwall
    • Adrian Lea
    • Manager; Natural Resources Planning Team
  • Renewable Energy in Cornwall
  • Eden Project June 2010 County Hall Sept 2010
  • 8wk consultation ends 6 th August 2010
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  • Engaging in the Process
    • Site finding & evaluation
    • Pre-application discussions
    • Community Engagement
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Preparing the planning application
    • Submission & Consultation
    • Planning Committee
    • Post Determination
  • Site finding & evaluation
    • Ideally – brownfield, previously used, contaminated or derelict sites
    • Check;
      • Ecology
      • Archaeology
      • Agricultural Land Classification
      • Landscape/Visual Designations
      • Grid Connection
  • Pre-application discussions why bother?
    • It’s free ! (in Cornwall)
    • Explanation of policy & guidance
    • Provides clarity & assurance
    • Identifies need for specialist input
    • Work together – deliver benefits
    • Optimise potential of a site
    • Saves time, cost & frustration – for both of us.
  • Pre-application discussions your role
    • Check the Development Plan
    • Visit the site
    • Establish site characteristics, constraints and opportunities
    • Prepare draft design principles for the site based on the findings of the site survey work
    • Check our standards & requirements
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Large scale solar arrays not expressly referred to in Regulations
    • Apply for Screening – public register
    • Necessary to judge likely effects of development on environment
  • Community Engagement
    • Why bother?
    • Improves quality & efficiency of decisions
    • Minimises unnecessary & costly conflict
    • Educates all participants
    • Promotes social cohesion
    • Offers communities a tangible role in decision making
    • Positive contribution to planning
  • Preparing the Planning Application
    • Collaborative Approach
    • Landscape impact
    • Ground maintenance
    • Security
    • Ecology
    • Ground Anchors
    • Access tracks
    • Grid connection
    • Duration
  • Landscape & Visual Impact LVIA Tracking Glint & Glare
  • Agricultural Land Classification & Ground Maintenance
    • Avoid highest grade agricultural land
    • Maintaining the grass sward –
      • Mowing
      • Strimming
      • Spraying
      • Mulching
      • Grazing
  • Security
  • Ecology Avoid sensitive sites No intensive agricultural activities Encourage & promote diversity Huge opportunities – optimise safety & security Built structures
  • Longevity - Ground Anchors
  • Submission & Consultation
    • Application fee
    • Validation
    • Consultation
    • Liaison
    • Member site visit
    • Member training
    • Speaking at Planning Committee
    • Planning conditions (S106)
  • Issues Facing Local Authorities
    • Renewable energy targets
    • Number of planning applications
    • Cumulative impact
    • Duration of permission
    • Employment opportunities
    • Community gain
    • Gamekeeper & Poacher
    • Reference Plants
    • Member Training
    • FIT time constraints –
    • planning
    • construction
    • connectivity
  • Adrian Lea Manager; Natural Resources Planning Team [email_address] 01872 322314