Revised Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Array Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

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Leigh & Glennie Ltd 29 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 4601665//1
  • Status: Accepted
Paragraphs 3.6-13 The changes in these paragraphs from the draft SPD are supported. They reflect more correctly the status of solar arrays in the Green Belt, as defined in the NPPF, and so the wording on this matter should remain. Such works include inappropriate development, so it is for the applicant to prove very special circumstances sufficient to overcome that harm, and any other harm. It is right for the SPD to specifically identify that solar arrays can cause harm from shorter views as
Deleted User 29 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Site Selection Site Selection

  • Comment ID: 705793//1
  • Status: Accepted
3.1 Suggestions are made for siting of panels on large structures e.g. car parks. There are many large (often flat roofed) supermarket, retail and recreational units that would be appropriate for on-site generation. Solar panels on these premises, both current and new developments, may assist North Somerset to achieve its renewable energy obligations. If necessary, conditions should be applied to new large retail, recreational and industrial flat roofed units to ensure they are structurally cap
Wrington Parish Council 29 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 1019201//1
  • Status: Accepted
This is a formal comment from Wrington Parish Council in response to NSC's request for views on the second draft consultation document; Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Arrays SPD. On this occasion the Council has agreed not to submit any comment other than to say that we are fully supportive of the aims and objectives of the draft SPD. We were pleased to have been given the opportunity to comment and we are particularly pleased that NSC has produced this SPD as a statutory policy document and that it w
Deleted User 29 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Site Detail Site Detail

  • Comment ID: 705793//2
  • Status: Accepted
4.4. Glint and glare assessment - glint and glare can be minimised by the use of panels with matt dark colour frames and non-reflective coating. Should the local authority be minded to approve an application for solar panels particularly in a sensitive location, conditions to minimise the impact should be applied.
Weston Town Council 29 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 7777185//1
  • Status: Accepted
Weston-super-Mare Town Council are principally in favour of North Somerset Council's revised document in relation to consultation on Solar PV Arrays. Comments received included security issues - especially at night, impacts of security lighting for residents. It is also hoped that technology advances will be able to address the life-span and disposability of solar panels in the near future.
Deleted User 29 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Site Detail Site Detail

  • Comment ID: 705793//3
  • Status: Accepted
4.8 The document mentions 'defensive topping' - what does this mean? Is it barbed wire? If so, this would be inappropriate in rural and sensitive locations and would have a detrimental impact on the landscape and surrounding area.
Wessex Solar Energy 29 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 8499073//1
  • Status: Accepted
In relation to the propsoed guidance set out in the SPD it is noted that this was originally drawn up and consulted on in June-July 2013, prioor to the publication of the DCLG's 'Planning Practice Guidance for Renewable and Low Carbon Energy' (published on 29th July 2013). The current version of the SPD was published for consultation only three days after the publication of the DCLG guidance. The DCLG guidance provides advice on the planning issues associated with the development of renewable e
Natural England 29 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 2862209//1
  • Status: Accepted
Landscape We welcome the draft SPD requirement for planning applications to be accompanied by a landscape and visual impact assessment consistent with the current guidelines issued by the Landscape Institute and Institute of Environmental Assessment. The 'Sources of further information' in the SPD refers to the 2002 version of the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. Please note this guidance has recently been updated. The advice on the Landscape Institute's website says that:
Deleted User 29 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 8497441//1
  • Status: Accepted
Section 2, Para 2.1: Solar PV panels require daylight only to generate electricity, and now direct sunlight. Therefore we recommend that this paragraph is amended to read ".. by converting solar radition (daylight) into direct current..." Para 2.2: The possible angle given in this parapgraph of 30 to 40 degrees is incorrect and misleading. Solar farms in the UK will typically have panels mounted at angles between 15 and 35 degrees, depending o the topography of the specific site. It would be qu
Backwell Parish Council 28 Aug 2013

Revised SPD Introduction Introduction

  • Comment ID: 1013153//1
  • Status: Accepted
2.4 Solar PV systems are permitted development (will not require planning permission) unless they: * Protrude more than 200 mm beyond the plane of the wall or roof slope. * Are on a flat roof, any panel must be less than 1 metre in height above the highest part of the roof excluding any chimneys. * On or within the curtilage of listed buildings or upon a site designated as a scheduled ancient monument. * Are within the AONB or Conservation Area in which case, must not be on a roof slope or w
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