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

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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 Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 1019201//6
  • Status: Accepted
3. Site selection 3.1 We suggest that in addition to 'new roofs and buildings' priority should be given to siting new PV arrays on existing building roofs wherever possible and, as a priority, on car parking sites. There is an associated benefit here in that there are no resulting additional surface water drainage issues and no increase in flood risk because the built area is effectively unchanged. Also, in relation to the 'greenfield' sites and the suggestion that the land should still be gra
Wraxall and Failand Parish Council 10 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 7800929//1
  • Status: Accepted
Regarding the above mentioned document we wish to make the following comments:- Re.para 3.1: Solar PV arrays should avoid areas that are undeveloped and should therefore be located on previously developed/ contaminated and industrial land and its margins. Solar PV arrays should, where practical be mounted on top of existing roofs, or integrated into new roofs and buildings. Any potential 'greenfield' PV site should seek to complement existing development, for example grazed land should still be
Deleted User 08 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 8319265//3
  • Status: Accepted
This chapter provides developers good guidance on preferred locations. However, some of the wording could be misinterpreted as site allocation; especially when words such as 'must' and 'should' are included, without making this clear it is North Somerset Council's preferred option. For example, paragraph 3.1 could be reworded so that 'Solar PV arrays should preferably...' North Somerset Council could consider developing a site allocation document for renewable energy within its suite of Local P
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 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 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).
Deleted User 02 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 1045217//2
  • Status: Accepted
Para 3.1 We would recommend that the final sentence should be strengthened to read 'Solar PV arrays should avoid landscapes...'
Deleted User 02 Jul 2013

Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 1045217//3
  • Status: Accepted
Paragraph 3.12 We are pleased to see that areas of ecological importance, including local ones, are to be avoided. 3.14 This appears to have a typo in the last sentence and should read ...to avoid restricting access to and movement of native wildlife... We would recommend that at the end of the sentence, after habitat impact, 'and impact on species' should be added. 3.15-2nd bullet point. Natural England's Technical Information Note TIN101 on Solar Parks: Maximising Environmental Benefits (201
Leigh & Glennie Ltd 27 Jun 2013

Guidance Note Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 4601665//1
  • Status: Accepted
3.8 - Landscape and visual considerations. One additional consideration should be added: to have regard to any location in the Green Belt. Such land is designated with the purpose of preventing towns merging together, to safeguard the countryside from encroachment, and to check the sprawl of large built-up areas (paragraph 80 of the NPPF). The building of solar parks in the Green Belt will prejudice such objectives, due to the panels and associated buildings and fencing. This is confirmed in par
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