Environment

Saving the Planet? What’s it ever done for me?

You don’t get to my age without learning to save energy. And you don’t get to mitigate manmade climate change without switching to renewable forms of energy. So, where are we up to with wind turbines? Must have a big part to play but I’m with those who say “in the right place, at the right scale” – otherwise, if they’re everywhere, haven’t we already lost the battle? 

Fracking? That’s for another time.

Meanwhile, I bring you a draft planning policy from a local planning authority near where you live[1], responsive to an electorate which takes exception to these new additions to the landscape:

Policy ENV44: There will be a presumption against all proposals for the generation of energy from non-fossil fuels of a scale in excess of 5 kw, other than where the environmental benefits, including generation of energy to be derived from the proposal, clearly outweigh all the many disbenefits including, but not restricted to, national, regional or local issues of landscape, visual impact, fauna and flora, recreation, heritage, culture, noise, air quality, flood risk, coastal defence and householder amenity.

On reflection, and taken the wrong way, it was felt that this could come across as a tad negative in the present environmental climate so the planning department carried out a thorough redraft of the policy to demonstrate the council’s green credentials. The policy now reads as follows:

Policy ENV44: There will be a presumption in favour of all proposals for the generation of energy from non-fossil fuels of a scale less than 5 kw, other than where the environmental benefits, including generation of energy to be derived from the proposal, clearly outweigh all the many disbenefits including, but not restricted to, national, regional or local issues of landscape, visual impact, fauna and flora, recreation, heritage, culture, noise, air quality, flood risk, coastal defence and householder amenity, or may have the potential for being a disbenefit, or are located, or may be perceived to be located, within 10 km of any watercourse, or that might on a good day be visible from any classified or unclassified road or nice house – and certainly not if it’s anything at all nuclear.

 

Ends.


[1] From Grotton Revisited: Planning in Crisis? By (this blogger) Steve Ankers, David Kaiserman and Chris Shepley. Published by Routledge in association with the RTPI. The source of all you need to know about planning but didn’t like to ask.

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