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

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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
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
Wrington Parish Council 12 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 1019201//5
  • Status: Accepted
2.2 An obvious point, but 'trees' not 'tress'! 2.4 We suggest that that the guidance should make clear what are the limits of permitted development and, rather than stating that 'Most domestic, roof mounted solar PV panels are now permitted development ...', it would be better to explain what isn't included in this 'most'. For example, our understanding is that roof mounted PV panels within a Conservation Area and facing the highway require planning permission, which seems perfectly reasonable.
Deleted User 08 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 8319265//2
  • Status: Accepted
The purpose of the introduction, when read in conjunction with the background, should be to provide context of what this SPD guidance is for and why it has been developed. The definition of what is defined as a solar array could be made clearer; for instance a dedicated paragraph stating 'The guidance within this SPD is for stand-alone systems falling outside permitted development rights, currently defined as having an area larger than 9m2' Paragraph 2.4 could be interpreted as misleading. Sola
Avon and Somerset Constabulary 04 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 1046721//1
  • Status: Accepted
Consideration must be given to crime occurring at Solar Farms, particularly with regard to the potential for metal theft and associated damage at solar farms. Expert advice to the police is that 4-5 tonnes of copper is needed for every megawatt of electricity generated within a solar farm, therefore, it is relatively easy to calculate a rough total value of copper and other valuable metals present on site. Security at each site should be considered as site specific depending on scale of the sit
Highways England 01 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 933985//1
  • Status: Accepted
Thank you for consulting the Highways Agency on North Somerset Council/s initial guidance on solar photovoltaic arrays. We have reviewed the document and find it very clear and comprehensive. We endorse the need for a glint and glare report in order that potential impact on the highway and its users can be assessed.
Deleted User 15 Jun 2013

Guidance Note Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 8053985//1
  • Status: Accepted
Para 2.3, last sentence. Spelling mistake "No more than one stand alone solar panel within the curtilage will be permitted.