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On Farm Anaerobic Digestion: Making a succesful planning application - Gillian Dawson (GP Planning Ltd)


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This presentation formed part of the Farming Futures "Farm Biogas Developer: Expert workshop"

30th June 2009

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On Farm Anaerobic Digestion: Making a succesful planning application - Gillian Dawson (GP Planning Ltd)

  1. 1. On Farm Anaerobic Digestion Making a successful planning application
  2. 2. Content <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Permission </li></ul><ul><li>Making a Successful Planning Application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing the right site and proposals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The planning application process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other regulatory matters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>What is Planning Permission? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The authorisation to carry out development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning conditions to control development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A method for enforcement and regulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achieved through a planning application </li></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  4. 4. Planning Permission <ul><li>Who needs it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are the proposals ‘development’? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are the proposals permitted? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General Permitted Development Order 1995 (Part 6 Agricultural Buildings and Operations) </li></ul></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  5. 5. Planning Permission <ul><li>Is it required for Anaerobic Digestion? </li></ul><ul><li>YES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Importing biodegradable waste is a change of use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering works and buildings, including weighbridges and portable units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes to a facility such as a bigger area or increased inputs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MAYBE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilising waste arisings from within the farm unit </li></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  6. 6. A Successful Planning Application <ul><li>What makes a successful planning application? </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing the right site </li></ul><ul><li>Creating the right proposals for the site </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging with the planning application process to satisfy the requirements of the local planning authority, the community and other organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Taking account of the other relevant regulatory matters </li></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  7. 7. A Successful Planning Application <ul><li>Is a site physically suitable? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance from sensitive receptors / neighbours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site visibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sensitivity of the surrounding landscape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ecology, nature and heritage conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Noise, dust, odours and bioaerosols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surface and groundwater sensitivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flood risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic and access implications </li></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  8. 8. A Successful Planning Application <ul><li>Does the site comply with planning policy? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Waste Strategy 2007 and Energy White Paper 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Belt; National Parks; Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Sites of Special Scientific Interest. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional and local level planning policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for the proposed facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources of waste within a defined catchment area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Destination of end products </li></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  9. 9. A Successful Planning Application <ul><li>What is the most suitable proposal for the site? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choice of technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfy the requirements of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The landowner </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The operator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The local planning authority </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The local community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other organisations, e.g. Natural England </li></ul></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  10. 10. A Successful Planning Application <ul><li>What is the planning application process? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare a planning application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sufficient detail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum submission requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit to the local planning authority – District or County Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Successful: Implement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unsuccessful: Right of Appeal </li></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  11. 11. A Successful Planning Application <ul><li>Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For large proposals or those in sensitive locations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule 1 development - mandatory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule 2 development - discretionary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paragraph 3 (a) - Energy projects: area exceeds 0.5 hectare </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paragraph 11(b) - Other installations: area exceeds 0.5 hectare, is within 100m of a controlled water </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circular 2/99 Guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Power stations - EIA is unlikely for low output units </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Waste operations - EIA is more likely where inputs are more than 50,000 tonnes per annum or the site is more than 10 hectares </li></ul></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  12. 12. A Successful Planning Application <ul><li>Consultation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre Submission Consultation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local planning authority and highways authority </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Environment Agency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings, site visit, visits to demonstration projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post Submission Consultation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Press </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing objections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attendance at Planning Committee </li></ul></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  13. 13. A Successful Planning Application <ul><li>What are the other regulatory matters? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental permit - Bespoke </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EPOPRA Spreadsheet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Site Management Plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed Technology Description </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fit and Proper Person Test </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animal Health Licence for ABPO waste </li></ul></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  14. 14. Summary and Questions <ul><li>Any Questions? </li></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion
  15. 15. Contact details <ul><li>For advice or further information: </li></ul><ul><li>Mill House, Long Lane, East Haddon, </li></ul><ul><li>Northamptonshire NN6 8DU </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 01604 771123 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: 01604 771086 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Website: </li></ul>On Farm Anaerobic Digestion