Policy ENV10 - Renewable Energy (MC77)

Page 244 Policy ENV10 Paras 5.374, 5.377

Response to reps 1305; 1520; 2419

Response to reps 2412, 2444, 1305, 2419, 1520

Amend final sentence of paragraph 5.374 within Renewable Energy as follows:

The use of Landscape Character Assessments and Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments will be useful in this context and their outcomes should inform any future proposal.

Add two further supporting text paragraphs after 5.377 after Renewable energy:

Biomass

Significant government attention has been directed towards the potential for biomass as fuel in order to respond to climate change, biodiversity enhancement, sustainable development and energy security. The UK Renewable Energy Strategy (2009, and brought forward under the current government) commits the UK to contribute to the overall European renewable energy target and to generate 15% of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. The UK Bioenergy Strategy (2012) outlines the country’s approach to securing the benefits of this source. It indicates that sustainably sourced biomass could contribute around 8-11% to the UK’s primary energy demand by 2020. The Council recognises the potential for biomass fuel, and particular woodfuel, in providing a sustainable source of energy.

The Community Energy Strategy (2014) outlined the government’s approach to encouraging the development of community energy in the UK. This includes the generation of community heat from sustainable woodfuel from unmanaged woodlands. This was complemented by the Timber Standards for Heat & Electricity (2014), which advised on the parameters for the management of woods for woodfuel. The Council is supportive of community innovations in renewable energy that can contribute to any or all of the following outcomes: carbon reduction; green jobs; biodiversity improvements; competitively-priced fuel; energy security; reducing waste; supporting sustainable forestry.