Dorset CPRE is fully supportive of renewable energy development in Dorset but not at any price.
Dorset CPRE Policy on Renewable Energy
- 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.
- 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.
- It supports the deployment of solar photovoltaic panels on domestic, commercial, public and industrial roofs, including those that can be built over car parks.
- 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 viewpoints.
- It does not object to small-scale wind turbines close to buildings.
- 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
Dorset Council Local Plan
We submitted a report regarding Renewable Energy issues (see copy below under downloads).
Installations of National Significance
Please see the link below to the latest report on ‘Installations of National Significance & the Setting of Local Renewable Energy Targets’ dated 25th May 2022. This report concludes that it would be appropriate for Dorset Council to reintroduce the 2011 policy whereby each UK local authority was able to reduce its 2020 renewable energy target from 15% (the UK target) to 7.5%. This was decided when it was realised that if the target were to be realised the damage done to Dorset’s rural assets, particularly its landscape, would be unacceptable.
Role of Roof-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations in 2050 Electricity Generation
A separate report looks at the ‘Role of Roof-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations in 2050 Electricity Generation. This report explores the extent to which roof-mounted installations might be able to contribute to the achievement of 2050 targets for the deployment of solar photovoltaics. The Dynamic Dispatch Team at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy suggests that, for the UK as a whole, the maximum contribution expected from solar photovoltaics is a capacity of 120 GW generating an annual 117.6 TWh, 17.4% of 676.8 TWh, the upper bound of expected total electricity demand.
Summaries of both reports, produced by David Peacock, are also available to download, see the link below.
The Government is encouraging the development of backup generation and battery storage in the countryside as means of increasing the electricity supply. CPRE Wiltshire has produced a booklet exploring the issues raised by planning applications to implement these processes.
- Dorset CPRE – Dorset Council Local Plan 2021 Renewable Energy Issues
- The Role of Roof-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations in 2050 Electricity Generation by David Peacock 25th May 2022
- Summaries of Two New Dorset CPRE Reports on Renewable Energy by David Peacock 2nd September 2022
- The Role of Roof-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations in 2050 Electricity Generation by David Peacock (Excel File)
- Installations of National Significance and the Setting of Local Renewable Electricity Targets by David Peacock 25th May 2022
- Installations of National Significance and the Setting of Local Renewable Electricity Targets by David Peacock (Excel file)