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Practice Guidance: Planning Implications of Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Development

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We want to reduce CO2 emissions in Wales. We are looking to produce more of our energy from renewable and low carbon energy sources.
This is our land use planning policy for Wales and should be taken into account when preparing development plans.
Guidance on land use planning with relation to renewable energy.
An updated version of the toolkit to assist local planning authorities produce renewable energy assessments and develop policies in their local development plans.
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Local planning authorities have a key role to play in facilitating renewable and low carbon energy development. This Guidance is to help local planning authorities in deciding on applications for renewable and low carbon energy developments.

For each renewable and low carbon energy technology this guidance gives:

  • A simple, non-technical description;
  • The main technological and financial constraints;
  • planning procedural issues;
  • environmental, social and economic impacts and benefits; and
  • design, mitigation and enhancement measures.

It also considers:

  • the effects of climate change on these technologies;
  • relevant financial drivers and barriers that may exist;
  • the role of community involvement and community benefits coming from these technologies;
  • the role of these technologies within designated areas and sites; and
  • the opportunities for engagement, good design and planning obligations.

This practice guidance should be read with Technical Advice Note 8 Planning for Renewable Energy.

The practice guidance draws on the findings of research prepared for us by Land Use Consultants and the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

The practice guidance was updated in 2011 to include guidance on the planning implications of solar arrays.