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Areas identified for "solar farms"

Created on 11/06/2017 @ 14:41
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Areas near Newtown and throughout Montgomeryshire have been identified for "solar farms" as part of new evidence submitted as part of a Local Development Plan examination currently taking place.

Powys County Council has submitted the revised evidence as part of the examination being undertaken by an Inspector into the LDP.

The council says it is in response to public comments received on the plan, which sets out future planning policy and guidance, and complies with Welsh Government’s policy and guidance to optimise energy from renewable energy sources to combat climate change.
The evidence includes a revised renewable energy assessment, a landscape sensitivity study for solar farm development and a position statement on renewable energy, will be considered at the public examination of the LDP.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Martin Weale said: “As the new cabinet member I have been thoroughly briefed about the LDP hearing. I would remind the public that Renewable Energy document produced by the council is a high level theoretical study and that any scheme would be subject of full planning process.”
The county-wide high-level assessment, takes into account landscape sensitivity, has identified 20 local search areas that have potential for solar development that potentially combined could contribute up to 45 MW of solar energy by 2026.
The council said "Local search areas have fewer constraints than other parts of the county, but are not site allocations or specific sites where the council is applying for planning permission. They are large areas that may have potential for development somewhere within them.
"Any planning application for a solar energy development proposal within or outside a local search area, would still have to be determined on its own individual merits within relevant planning policies and material considerations."
The work can be viewed on the LDP website and can be referred to by those persons attending the renewable energy hearing sessions. But, it is not available for public consultation at this time. Any comments on the work received by either the council or the examination Inspector will be returned.
The current hearing will end in July and is likely to be followed by six week public consultation on further changes to the LDP - these are known as matters arising changes.

Further details about the consultation process will be published on the council’s website when available.


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