Policy EN10

Energy Generation from Renewable and Low Carbon Sources

Renewable and low carbon energy proposals appropriate for Melton, including biomass power generation, combined heat and power (CHP), hydro, wind, solar and micro generation systems, will be supported and considered in the context of sustainable development and climate change.

Proposals for renewable and low carbon energy technology, associated infrastructure and integration of renewable and low carbon technology on existing or proposed structures will be assessed both individually and cumulatively on their merits taking account of the following factors;

1. Siting, so as to gain maximum effect from wind/solar/water sources;

2. The surrounding landscape, townscape and heritage assets;

3. Residential and visual amenity;

4. Noise impacts;

5. Odour impacts;

6. Designated nature conservation, geo-diversity or biodiversity considerations, including potential impact on ancient woodland and veteran trees;

7. Ecology;

8. Aircraft movements and associated activities, including effects on radar, communications and navigational systems;

9. Electromagnetic transmissions;

10. High quality agricultural land;

11. Access for construction, maintenance and de-commissioning;

12. Not creating demand for bio-energy fuels known to result in net carbon emissions through production methods, transport requirements and/or loss of carbon sinks;

13. General safety in terms of highways, power lines, icing, visual distraction; and

14. Transport movements for importation of biomass fuel. In the case of proposals for wind energy development involving one or more wind turbines, planning permission will only be granted if:

15. A bond is in place to cover de-commissioning; and

16. The development site is in an area identified as being suitable for wind turbine development in a Neighbourhood Plan; or

17. The development site is in an area identified as being of low or lowmoderate sensitivity to wind turbine development in the Melton and Rushcliffe Landscape Sensitivity Study 2014. These areas and acceptable turbine requirements are set out in the table below. The landscape character units are indicated on the Policies Map; and

18. Following consultation, it can be demonstrated that the planning impacts identified by affected local communities have been fully addressed and therefore the proposal has their backing.

 

In developing proposals for new thermal generating stations, developers should consider the opportunities for CHP and district heating from the very earliest point and it should be adopted as a criterion when considering locations for a project. Renewable and low carbon energy proposals which will directly benefit a local community in the medium and long term and/or are targeted at residents experiencing fuel poverty will be particularly supported.

Landscape Character Assessment Unit

LCU1 Vale of Velvoir

LCU3 Leicestershire Wolds: Dalby to Belvoir Wolds

LCU5 Leicestershire Wolds: Ragdale to Saltby Woods

LCU6 Kesteven Uplands: Saltby and Sproxton Limestone Edge

LCU8 High Leicestershire HIlls: Great Dalby and Gaddesby Pastoral Farmland

LCU9 Leicestershire Wolds: Wreake Valley

LCU10 Leicestershire Wolds: Eye Valley

LCU11 High Leicestershire Hills: Gaddesby Valley

LCU13 Leicestershire Wolds: Buckminster, Wymondham and Freebt Farmland

LCU14 Leicestershire Wolds: Asfordby Quarry

LCU15 Leicestershire Wolds: Melton Farmland Fringe

Maximum Acceptable Turbine Height (to blade tip) and Cluster Size

<25m as a single turbine or clusters of two/three in larger scale areas

 

<25m as a single turbine or clusters of two/three in larger scale areas

<25m as a single turbine in the smaller vales or two/three turbines in elevated areas

 

Up to 75m as clusters of two/three turbines in wooded areas or clusters of four/five in open arable areas

Up to 50m as clusters of four/five turbines and in areas of varied, steeply sloping topography and small field patterns clusters of two/three

<25m as clusters of two/three turbines

<25m as a single turbine in the east of the area and two/three turbines in the west.

<25m as clusters of two/three turbines

Up to 50m as clusters of two/three turbines

Up to 50m in clusters of four/five turbines

Up to 50m as clusters of two/three turbines