Guidance Note for the Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Generation in North Somerset Supplementary Planning Document

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Environment Agency 17 Jul 2013

Guidance Note The Planning Application The Planning Application

  • Comment ID: 1020673//1
  • Status: Accepted
Flood Risk Due to the size of solar parks, the applicant will be expected to submit a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) with any planning application submission, giving consideration to the impact of drainage. Any concentration of run-off could lead to localised flood risk, especially where under-lying soils are not naturally free draining. To overcome this, SUDS drainage techniques should be adopted, such as small swales and infiltration trenches. To avoid the concentration of flows along their len
Backwell Parish Council 17 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 1013153//1
  • Status: Accepted
Thank you for accepting Backwell Parish Council's comments, which are as follows: Having read through the document it looks pretty comprehensive. North Somerset Council make a statement: 2.1 Photovoltaic cells consist of layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon and work by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity. When light shines on the cell, it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. The bit ab
Network Rail (B Morgan) 15 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Background Background

  • Comment ID: 4201985//1
  • Status: Accepted
Network Rail has been consulted by North Somerset Council on the Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Generation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - Solar Photovoltaic Arrays. Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to comment on this document. This email forms the basis of our response to this consultation request. Network Rail is a statutory undertaker responsible for maintaining and operating the country's railway infrastructure and associated estate. Network Rail owns, operates, mai
Deleted User 14 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Detail Site Detail

  • Comment ID: 705793//4
  • Status: Accepted
4.4 Aircraft safety is mentioned here; however, glint and glare can be an issue for road and rail traffic as well. The glint and glare assessment should aim to assess the impact on all local properties and transport infrastructure.
Deleted User 14 Jul 2013

Guidance Note The Planning Application The Planning Application

  • Comment ID: 705793//5
  • Status: Accepted
6.1 We are pleased to note the advice in the document to engage with local communities at an early stage and to allow for any application to be as transparent as possible by providing all the relevant information. 6.10 & 6.11 CPRE are particularly pleased to see these two points relating to the sites being regarded as temporary use of land and the procedure for removal and disposal. Solar PV arrays (as with other energy sources) are a fast moving and technologically advancing market. All of thi
Deleted User 14 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Background Background

  • Comment ID: 705793//1
  • Status: Accepted
1.7 We strongly support the statement that appropriate siting is the key to minimising the impact of solar PV.
Deleted User 14 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 705793//2
  • Status: Accepted
2.3 It should be added that the efficiency of solar arrays can be greatly increased if they are installed with tracking systems, to maintain optimum alignment towards the sun. These are expensive but can allow increased power to be generated on a set area, so might be worthwhile in constrained situations. These systems are now beginning to be more widely used in the UK, e.g.: http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/25/07/2011/128007/sun-tracking-solar-panels-cut-grain-drying-costs.htm#.UcrPRJwsa0I Altho
Deleted User 14 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 705793//3
  • Status: Accepted
3.2 We are pleased that the policy recognises the cumulative impact of solar PV sites. 3.4 We would like to see considerably stronger commitment to keeping BMV land in agricultural use, for reasons of food systems sustainability and food security. We suggest that Grade 1 agricultural land should be more or less off limits for development; grade 2 and 3a should only be developed in very special circumstances. In the case of solar arrays, the function of which is not dependent on the precise site
Wrington Parish Council 12 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Detail Site Detail

  • Comment ID: 1019201//1
  • Status: Accepted
4.4 In terms of 'glint and glare' we suggest that there should be a specific need for consultation with airports and any local aircraft operators, with this to be evidenced in the Environmental Impact Assessment.
Wrington Parish Council 12 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Consultation/Community Engagement Consultation/Community Engagement

  • Comment ID: 1019201//2
  • Status: Accepted
5.2 In the first sentence, the term 'tease out' should be replaced with 'explore', which reads better. In the second sentence, amend to read: 'and the potential controversy that it is likely to generate'. 5.3 It is suggested that this paragraph refers to the consultation process and isn't required in the SPD. Alternatively, amend the second sentence to read: 'We will endeavour to ensure that everyone who has commented on this or other consultations is always kept informed on how relevant pol
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