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

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  • Planning Renewable Energy In Cornwall - Adrian Lea (Cornwall Council)

    1. 1. Planning for Renewable Energy in Cornwall Adrian Lea Manager; Natural Resources Planning Team
    2. 2. Renewable Energy in Cornwall
    3. 3. Eden Project June 2010 County Hall Sept 2010
    4. 4. 8wk consultation ends 6th August 2010
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. Site finding & evaluation • Ideally – brownfield, previously used, contaminated or derelict sites • Check; Ecology Archaeology Agricultural Land Classification Landscape/Visual Designations Grid Connection
    7. 7. 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.
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. Preparing the Planning Application • Collaborative Approach • Landscape impact • Ground maintenance • Security • Ecology • Ground Anchors • Access tracks • Grid connection • Duration
    12. 12. Landscape & Visual Impact LVIA Tracking Glint & Glare
    13. 13. Agricultural Land Classification & Ground Maintenance • Avoid highest grade agricultural land • Maintaining the grass sward – Mowing Strimming Spraying Mulching Grazing
    14. 14. Security
    15. 15. Ecology Avoid sensitive sites No intensive agricultural activities Encourage & promote diversity Huge opportunities – optimise safety & security Built structures
    16. 16. Longevity - Ground Anchors
    17. 17. Submission & Consultation • Application fee • Validation • Consultation • Liaison • Member site visit • Member training • Speaking at Planning Committee • Planning conditions (S106)
    18. 18. 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
    19. 19. Adrian Lea Manager; Natural Resources Planning Team alea@cornwall.gov.uk 01872 322314

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