Policy 21: Renewable and low carbon energy

What are we trying to achieve?

We want to increase the proportion of energy generated by renewable and low carbon sources and encourage energy provision from local scale generation, supporting a Low Carbon Lake District.

What is the issue?

The Local Plan has a key role to play in reducing carbon emissions in the Lake District. One of the ways to achieve this is to increase the proportion of renewable and low carbon energy generated within the Lake District.

The existing policy has been difficult to implement therefore the revised policy should be more effective.

Our communities want to benefit from renewable and low carbon energy opportunities which could be addressed through smart energy grids and could lead to an increased requirement for local energy storage options.

Our suggested approach

We are supporting district heating, decentralised, renewable and low carbon energy developments.

We are increasing the target for all housing development and all other development over a specific threshold to generate on site renewable and low carbon energy to reduce carbon emissions.

Policy 21: Renewable and low carbon energy

We want to increase the proportion of energy generated by renewable and low carbon sources and encourage energy provision from local scale generation.

We will achieve this by:

  • supporting district heating, decentralised, renewable and low carbon energy developments, including buildings or infrastructure directly related to the renewable energy proposal; and
  • requiring all new housing developments and all developments for other uses of 100sqm floorspace or more to reduce the operational Carbon Dioxide emissions of the development by a minimum of 30 per cent by generating energy from decentralised, renewable or low-carbon sources.

Where technically viable and in areas with sufficient existing or potential heat density, we will require developments of 10 or more dwellinghouses, development over 1000 square metres or development on a site comprising more than 1 hectare to install a district heating scheme. Where it is not viable, the applicant will need to demonstrate provision to connect to a future network.

When assessing proposals for decentralised or renewable energy schemes, we will take into account the cumulative impacts of low carbon and renewable energy development both within the National Park and that which is visible beyond its boundary.

We will assess wind energy developments in accordance with the Cumbria Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Document and the Wind Energy Map.

Have your say!

Consultation closed on 29th June. Thank you to all of those who took part. Please keep an eye on our Local Plan homepage for announcements and feedback on the consultation

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