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Practice guidance: Planning for renewable and low carbon energy – a toolkit for planners

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This TAN provides guidance on land use planning in relation to renewable energy.
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An updated version of the toolkit to assist local planning authorities produce renewable energy assessments and develop policies in their local development plans.

The toolkit offers a methodology for local planning authorities to develop a robust evidence base to assess the potential for renewable and low carbon energy generation in their area. The information can underpin renewable energy and low carbon energy policies in local development plans.

The toolkit includes a section on how to assess the potential for solar farm developments. The toolkit also provides advice on how to translate renewable energy assessments into policies.

Active template spreadsheets are also provided which enable local planning authorities to enter information and calculate specific energy data referenced in the toolkits.