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  • 1. Planning for Renewable Energy in Cornwall
    • Adrian Lea
  • Manager; Natural Resources Planning Team

2. Renewable Energy in Cornwall 3. Eden Project June 2010 County Hall Sept 2010 4. 8wk consultation ends 6 thAugust 2010 5. 6. 7. 8. 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

9. Site finding & evaluation

  • Ideally brownfield, previously used, contaminated or derelict sites
  • Check;
    • Ecology
    • Archaeology
    • Agricultural Land Classification
    • Landscape/Visual Designations
    • Grid Connection

10. Pre-application discussionswhy bother?

  • Its 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 ofus.

11. Pre-application discussionsyourrole

  • 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. Preparing the Planning Application

  • Collaborative Approach
  • Landscape impact
  • Ground maintenance
  • Security
  • Ecology
  • Ground Anchors
  • Access tracks
  • Grid connection
  • Duration

15. Landscape & Visual Impact LVIA Tracking Glint & Glare 16. Agricultural Land Classification & Ground Maintenance

  • Avoid highest grade agricultural land
  • Maintaining the grass sward
    • Mowing
    • Strimming
    • Spraying
    • Mulching
    • Grazing

17. Security 18. Ecology Avoid sensitive sites No intensive agricultural activities Encourage & promote diversity Huge opportunities optimise safety & security Built structures 19. Longevity - Ground Anchors 20. Submission & Consultation

  • Application fee
  • Validation
  • Consultation
  • Liaison
  • Member site visit
  • Member training
  • Speaking at Planning Committee
  • Planning conditions (S106)

21. 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

22. Adrian Lea Manager; Natural Resources Planning Team [email_address] 01872 322314

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