Update on Renewable Energy- CPRE

Energy efficient housing© Hastoe Housing Association Ltd


From Campaign to Protect Rural England

We would like to see greater use made of  commercial roofs and brownfield land unsuitable for housing for solar electricity.

This would increase solar generation whilst protecting the countryside. However, the Government needs to do much more to help realise this huge potential. In October 2016, CPRE published a good practice guide in solar PV design for designers, manufacturers and installers, with accompanying ‘Solar Design Tips’ leaflet aimed at homeowners themselves.

Dorset CPRE Policy on Renewable Energy

  1. Dorset CPRE is fully supportive of renewable energy development in Dorset but not at any price. It is opposed to proposals that would do anything other than minimal harm to Dorset’s exceptional and highly valued landscape, heritage, agricultural and amenity assets.
  2. it is particularly opposed to industrial scale wind turbines and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations that can be damaging to Dorset’s prevalent small–scale landscapes.
  3. It supports the deployment of solar photovoltaic panels on domestic, commercial, public and industrial roofs, including those that can be built over car parks.
  4. It favours smaller scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations with a maximum capacity of 5 MW (20,000 panels) that can be well-screened from surrounding view points.
  5. It does not object to small-scale wind turbines close to buildings.
  6. It hopes that the Council will be successful in promoting community-owned renewable energy installations of all kinds and wishes to provide support in any way it can through its network of members across the Council area.

Report on renewable energy generation in Dorset Our report on renewable energy generation in Dorset (see below) can be used as an evidence-base for informing and updating renewable energy policies and for assisting the determination of planning applications for renewable energy installations. This report provides evidence that, on the whole, Dorset’s record of and prospects for renewable energy generation and progress towards targets are impressive. With acknowledgement that targets are not ceilings, the fact that less than a year remains before the final year run-up to the target date of 31 December 2020, suggests that planning authorities, from now on, should ensure that no more than minimal damage is caused by renewable energy installations to Dorset’s highly valued landscape, heritage, agricultural and amenity assets.              

Each of the previous nine planning authorities considered in this report has an interest in the magnitude of renewable generation within its area of jurisdiction. This interest results from each authority being a signatory to a Department of Energy and Climate Change Memorandum of Understanding, published 9 March 2011, which includes an agreement to help the UK meet its 2020 renewable energy target. The report is updated to include BCP Council and Dorset Council total and is current as at 31st December 2019 (added to website April 2020). 2017 report was downloaded 550 times and 30th June 2019 copy 135 times.

Battery StorageThe Government is encouraging the development of backup generation and battery storage in the countryside as means of increasing electricity supply.  CPRE Wiltshire has produced a booklet exploring the issues raised by planning applications to implement these processes. A copy of the booklet can be downloaded using the link below:

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