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POLICY 5 - RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

5.1 The Council are committed to providing a renewable energy supply for Pendle and will support any new energy sources arising in the future provided they are compatible with all other Local Plan policies. It is important to maintain a balance between the need to develop clean, green energy and the need to conserve the landscape and natural and man-made heritage. The Council will apply the following criteria to the following renewable energy proposals:

5.2 Solar Energy – Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will be encouraged on existing buildings (with the exception of Listed Buildings) and proposed buildings as long as they are not visually intrusive.

5.3 Wind Turbines – Individual or groups of turbines will be permitted outside of the AONB, SAC, SPA, SSSI, Green Belt, Biological Heritage Sites, Geological Heritage Sites, sites of Local Natural Importance or Local Nature Reserves. Turbine developments adjacent to designated areas should be assessed for their visibility from the designated area and the precise character and nature of the local countryside. Within designated areas, individual or groups of turbines will be permitted provided that there is no serious environmental detriment and they respect the local countryside’s character. Large scale wind farms will be resisted and wind turbine developments will be required to provide benefit to the local community subject to them meeting Circular 05/2005 (Planning Obligations) tests. Any development must be in line with Policies 2, 3, 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D.

5.4 Power stations fuelled by organic matter – power stations will be permitted outside of the AONB, SAC, SPA, SSSI, Green Belt, Biological Heritage Sites, Geological Heritage Sites, sites of Local Natural Importance or Local Nature Reserves so long as they provide energy to the local area and will not be detrimental to the local environment. Appropriate landscaping should be introduced to screen new power stations.

5.5 All forms of renewable energy development must avoid the vicinity of Scheduled Monuments. Listed Buildings and their setting should also be avoided unless appropriate design solutions can be found. Any application within or affecting the setting of any feature of the historic environment must comply with Policies 9, 10 and 11.

5.6 All redundant renewable energy structures or equipment must be removed within 1 year.

5.7 Within designated areas (AONB, SAC, SPA, SSSI, Green Belt, Biological Heritage Sites, Geological Heritage Sites, Sites of Local Natural Importance or Local Nature Reserves) planning permission for renewable energy developments will only be granted where it can be demonstrated that the objectives of designation of the area will not be compromised by the development, and any significant adverse effects on the qualities for which the area has been designated are clearly outweighed by the environmental, social and economic benefits. Outside designated areas renewable energy developments should not cause serious landscape or environmental harm.

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