Renewable energy statement
|Policy driver||Replacement Unitary Development Plan – Policy EP27|
|Type of application||Major applications|
|Geographic locations where this information is required||Where relevant|
|What information is required||The statement should make reference to how the development will incorporate renewable energy generation in accordance with Policy EP27.See 'Further Information'.|
|Where to look for further assistance||If after reading Policy EP27, you are still unsure about the information to submit, please contact the Councils Spatial Planning Team on 01422 392206.|
Further information: Policy EP27
To help meet the national and regional renewable energy targets, major proposals for employment, retailing and residential development will be required to incorporate appropriate renewable energy heating or power systems. The expectation will be that at least 10% of the predicted annual energy requirements of a particular development should be met by means of independent renewable energy generation up until the end of 2010. This will increase to 15% from the end of 2010 until the end of 2015 and increase again to 20% from the end of 2015 until the end of 2020. This reflects the Government’s targets established in the Government White paper (Paragraph 4.11) and also included in Paragraph 2.2 of the Companion Guide to PPS22. These targets are also expressed in the Regional Spatial Strategy for Yorkshire and the Humber to 2016 in Policies S6 and R12. The relevant target is that current at the time a development is approved. Therefore for example, in 2011 a new scheme coming forward will have to provide for 15% of its energy requirement and any new scheme coming forward in 2016 will have to provide for 20%. A progressive increase in the target will not only allow developers to become accustomed to the principle over time, but also allow the policy to develop in accordance with national and regional policy.
Renewable resources encompass a broad range of technologies and it is extremely unlikely that none will be practical in relation to a particular scheme. However, in cases where a developer has concerns about the feasibility of incorporating on-site renewable energy generation the Council will require a statement to substantiate the position. This should concentrate on the technical reasons as to why it is not practicable to incorporate on-site renewable energy generation. This should be submitted at the design stage when the technical assistance from the Council can be employed to address any difficulties. Technical grounds may include, for example, circumstances where overshadowing limits the scope of some solar renewable energy sources or where siting is too poor to take advantage of renewable energy provided from wind turbines. Such situations are considered to be the exception rather than the rule.
There are a number of technologies which developers could install to meet these targets, including: solar thermal heat panels, solar photovoltaic panels, biomass fuelled community heating and combined heat and power (CHP) plants, community energy plants, wood fuel boilers, air, ground and water sourced heat pumps, small-scale wind, small-scale hydro and fuel cells. Details of the various technologies are available now and how they are applied in Calderdale will be available as a Supplementary Planning Document. There is support and assistance available to developers from within Calderdale Council e.g. Housing Energy Team and the Sustainable Development Unit, and grant schemes and tax incentives available to assist developers meet the targets e.g. Major Photo-voltaic Demonstration Programme and the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme. For the purposes of Policy EP27, major developments are defined as 1,000 square metres (gross) or more of employment or retail floorspace or at least 25 dwellings.
EP27 Renewable Energy in New Developments
Major employment, retail and residential developments (either new build, conversion or renovation) will be required to incorporate on-site renewable energy generation to provide at least 10% of predicted energy requirements up until 2010, 15% up until 2015 and 20% up until 2020.