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    PLANNING STATEMENT

    PROPOSED THREE WIND TURBINES ON

    LAND ADJACENT TO HAMELDON HILL WIND FARM

    May 2016

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    PLANING STATEMENT

    Contents

    1.0 Introduction to the Proposal ...................................................................................................... 3

    2.0 The Site Details and Background ................................................................................................ 4

    3.0 Energy annd Planning Policy ....................................................................................................... 7

    4.0 Consideration ........................................................................................................................... 37

    5.0 Conclusion ................................................................................................................................ 60

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    1.0 Introduction to the Proposal

    1.1 AAH Planning Consultants have been commissioned to prepare a planning application for three

    wind turbines located adjacent to the existing turbines at Hameldon Hill Wind Farm. This Planning

    Statement provides an overall assessment of the proposal and sets out our analysis of the relevant

    planning policy principles which need to be considered in support of the application.

    1.2 It is the purpose of this statement to bring together and provide an overarching assessment in light

    of the National and Local Planning Policy Documents to identify the parameters that have dictated

    the turbine’s scale, design and location.

    1.3 Consultation is required for this application under the Town and Country (Development

    Management Procedure and Section 62A Applications) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013. The

    supporting Statement of Community Involvement describes the method and results of the pre-

    application consultation. This report should also be read alongside the Environment Statement (ES)

    (and appendices) and associated Non-Technical Summary which are submitted as part of the

    application along with the Design and Access Statement (DAS).

    1.4 It should be noted that the proposed development is operationally independent from the existing

    wind farm with the developer FAB Energy Solutions not involved in the existing turbines.

    Nevertheless the proposed development would still be perceived as an extension to the wind farm

    despite there being no functional or financial link between the two.

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    2.0 The Site Details and Background

    2.1 The key features of this development include:

     3 additional wind turbines positioned to the east and south east of the existing wind turbines.

    Each turbine would measure up to 100m tip;

     The construction of associated infrastructure to include wind turbine foundations, crane

    pads, new and upgraded access tracks, underground cabling to connect the wind turbines to

    the National Grid, new substation/control buildings, drainage infrastructure and temporary

    construction compound(s); and

     Landscaping works including habitat management, improvement and restorative works.

    2.2 The operational life of the development will be 25 years. In addition, 12 months would be required

    for construction and, following the 25-year operational period, 12 months would be required for

    decommissioning. Decommissioning would involve the removal of the turbines and all above

    ground components of the development.

    2.3 The proposed development site is located approximately 1 kilometres (km) south-west of the

    outskirts of Burnley and 2km south of the M65 motorway, within Hapton County Parish, Lancashire.

    The land available for development extends east and south from New Barn Farm. The proposed site

    consists of an existing wind farm of three turbines (constructed in 2007) and three further turbines

    (constructed in 2013 under planning permission APP/2009/0756).

    2.4 The land extends south from New Barn Farm consists mainly of open moorland and grassland. The

    existing vehicular access to the existing wind farm is via the track to the north-west of New Barn

    Farm, running past Old Barn which connects with the A689 (Burnley Road). This provides good

    access to the M65 to the north-east of the proposed development site. This track would be used for

    the purposes of constructing the proposed development, although other access arrangements have

    been considered as part of the EIA process.

    2.5 The proposals seek a traditional three blade horizontal axis wind turbine. The appearance of the

    wind turbines would be standardised and would include a tower, nacelle and three blades as per

    the existing turbines in situ. The existing turbines comprise of three Repower MD70 (1.5MW

    models) and three Senvion MM82 (2.05 MW models). The models have been installed at a range of

    hub and tip heights as set out in Table 2.1.

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    Description X Y Hub

    Height Tip

    Height Turbine Model

    MW

    Original and Installed Turbine 1 380750 430105 50 90 Repower

    MD70 1.5

    Original and Installed Turbine 2 381124 429918 50 90 Repower

    MD70 1.5

    Original and Installed Turbine 3 381165 430117 50 90 Repower

    MD70 1.5

    Recently Installed Turbine 1 380730 429879 59 100 Senvion MM82

    2.05

    Recently Installed Turbine 2 380360 429876 69 110 Senvion MM82

    2.05

    Recently Installed Turbine 3 380276 430283 69 110 Senvion MM82

    2.05

    Table 2.1: Breakdown of Installed Turbines

    2.6 Candidate turbines have therefore been selected to compliment the appearance and scale of these

    existing turbines. These include the following:

    Turbine Model Capacity

    (MW) Hub Height

    (M) Tip Height

    (M) Rotor Diameter

    (M)

    Repower MM70 2.0 65 100 70

    Enercon E70 2.35 57 92.50 71

    Senvion MM82 2.05 59 100 82

    Enercon E82 2.35 59 100 82

    Table 2.2: List of Candidate Turbines

    2.7 The proposed turbines will be constructed in the following locations subject to the application of a

    proposed micro-siting allowance:

    Description Grid Reference X Y Latitude Longitude

    Proposed Turbine 1 SD 81207 29690 381207 429690 53.763219 -2.2865555

    Proposed Turbine 2 SD 81271 29423 381271 429423 53.760821 -2.2855684

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    Proposed Turbine 3 SD 81402 29876 381402 429876 53.764897 -2.2836088

    Table 2.3: Co-Ordinates for the Proposed Wind Turbines

    2.8 Based on the indicated turbines it is estimated that enough electricity could be generated annually

    to supply the equivalent of approximately 4,616 households. This could displace the equivalent of

    up to approximately 6,690 tonnes of CO2 emission per year from conventional forms of electricity

    generation.

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    3.0 Energy and Planning Policy

    National Policy Statement

    3.1 Overarching National Policy Statement (NPS) for Energy (EN-1) was produced by the Department of

    Energy and Climate Change in July 2011 and sets out the national policy for energy infrastructure.

    The document is intended primarily to assist in determination of national infrastructure

    developments. However, Paragraph 1.2.1 advises that the guidance can still be material in

    consideration of planning applications.

    3.2 The Overarching NPS for Energy is supported by the NPS for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN-

    3), again produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in July 2011.

    3.3 EN-1 Paragraph 2.2.1 sets the national commitment to meeting the legally binding target of cutting

    greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. Paragraph 2.1.2

    identifies that energy is vital to the economic prosperity and social well-being and identifies that

    the UK needs a secure and affordable provision of energy. This is further expanded upon in

    Paragraph 3.2.1 stating: “Energy underpins almost every aspect of our way of life. It enables us to

    heat and light our homes; to produce and transport food; to travel to work, around the country and

    the world. Our businesses and jobs rely on the use of energy. Energy is essential for the critical

    services we rely on – from hospitals to traffic lights and cash machines. It is difficult to overestimate

    the extent to which our quality of life is dependent on adequate energy supplies. The major types of

    energy that we use are: for generating electricity – fossil fuels, renewable energy and nuclear; for

    heating and industry – fossil fuels used directly; and for transport – oil-based fuels”.

    3.4 EN-3 establishes in Paragraph 2.7.1 that “Onshore wind farms are the most established large-scale

    source of renewable energy in the UK. Onshore wind farms will continue to play an important role in

    meeting renewable energy targets.” The guidance in EN-3 goes on to establish that the following

    factors are key in selecting sites for windfarm development:

     Predicted Wind;

     Proximity of the site to dwellings;

     Capacity of a site;

     Electri