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

Document Section Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 8369217//3
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 05 Jul 2013
Current 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 reflective issues are considered in the visual assessment (3.6).
  • Nationally protected landscapes, such as the Mendip Hills AONB, are given special consideration (par 3.8) and acknowledgement that landscape and visual impacts are likely to be the most significant environmental effects of a solar PV development (par 3.8).
  • Views to and fromthe Mendip Hills AONB will be of particular relevance (par 3.8).
  • Potential sites to the north of the Mendip Hills AONB will be on south facing sites and likely to be highly visible from the Mendip Hills AONB (par 3.8).