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

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Deleted User 05 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 8369217//3
  • Status: Accepted
* Solar PV arrays should avoiding Best and Most Versatile (BMV) land (par 3.4). * Any solar PV proposal should aim to complement the character of the local landscape, particularly its scale and pattern and should be located within land areas that equate to typical field sizes, and are suited to the uniformity of a solar PV array (par 3.5) * Ideally, the array should be set within well-hedged field boundaries, or other landscape features that provide containment (par 3.5). * Glint, glare and
Deleted User 05 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Detail Site Detail

  • Comment ID: 8369217//4
  • Status: Accepted
· Groundworks are minimised (par 4.5). · Concrete foundations are avoided (par 4.6). · Permanent lighting is not permitted (par 4.8). · That the visual impact of security fencing and lighting will be minimised (par 4.8).
Deleted User 05 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Consultation/Community Engagement Consultation/Community Engagement

  • Comment ID: 8369217//5
  • Status: Accepted
* Solar PV development should be regarded as a temporary use of land (par 6.10). * Planning permission will only be granted under the condition of an agreed timescale (par 6.10). * Where a development ceases to be operational, the site must be returned as soon as practicable to original use. (par 6.10).
Deleted User 05 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 8369217//6
  • Status: Accepted
We have a number of minor concerns that we would like to raise. These include the following; * Paragraph 3.10 states that "Any development must be temporary and enable full restoration of the site to its original state once the installation is decommissioned. Any removal of existing vegetative field boundaries will not be permitted". How is this to be enforced?
Deleted User 05 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Detail Site Detail

  • Comment ID: 8369217//7
  • Status: Accepted
· Paragraph 4.8 Lighting - we recommend that lighting is not permitted. · Paragraph 4.12 states that " A statement to justify any building and its size will be required, especially in the Green Belt and within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" this implies that it may be possible to site arrays within the AONB. · Paragraph 3.1 states that "Solar PV arrays should generally avoid landscapes designated for their natural beauty or historic interest and sites
Deleted User 05 Jul 2013

Guidance Note The Planning Application The Planning Application

  • Comment ID: 8369217//8
  • Status: Accepted
The Mendip Hills AONB unit is currently working with Natural England to help produce a Visibility Map for the Mendip Hills AONB. This research analyses an area within 20km of the AONB and identifies which bits of land can be seen from the AONB. This will shortly be made available and it may be worth including as evidence that prospective solar PV development applicants for could be directed.
Deleted User 05 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Background Background

  • Comment ID: 8369217//1
  • Status: Accepted
We support the Council's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and supporting renewable and low carbon forms of energy generation (par 1.3) and we strongly agree that their development must be appropriately sited (par 1.7). In particular, we are pleased to see that the Council has included the following important points which we would like to endorse: · Solar PV arrays should avoid areas that are undeveloped (par 1.3).
Deleted User 05 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 8369217//2
  • Status: Accepted
· Solar PV arrays should be located on previously developed/ contaminated and industrial land and its margins (par 3.1). · Solar PV arrays should generally avoid landscapes designated for their natural beauty or historic interest and sites of recognised ecological and archaeological importance (par 3.1). · The potential for cumulative impact of solar PV sites, arising from consents given in any one area, should be avoided (par 3.2).