Presentation on theme: "Climate Change and Renewables"— Presentation transcript:
1 Climate Change and Renewables Placements PresentationAllen HughesNational and Territorial PlanningScottish Government
2 Structure Branch responsibilities and targets Climate change targets Onshore wind, offshore wind and heat and NPF3 and SPPConsenting and permitted development
3 Branch Responsibilities Climate change and planningRenewables (mitigation)WasteMinerals
4 Branch DutiesMinisterial: briefings, speeches, correspondence, parliamentary questions, ministerial supportGovernment: SG work groups, ensuring planning interests are covered in work of other DirectoratesTerritorial: comments to territorials on MIRs, SDPs, LDPs and SG, supporting territorials on visitsResearch – commissioning & steering researchExternal Work e.g. SNH steering groups, good practice events, liaison Scottish Renewables, presentations / panel members at conferences, talks to placementsLegislation / NPF / SPP / Circular – Drafting & reportingOnline Advice – Drafting and regular update
5 Climate Change Climate Change (S) Act 2009 - Mitigation Targets : 42% GHG emissions reduction in Scotland by 2020, 80% by 2050Public body dutyActionsS72 (3F) - GHG policies in dev plansSPACE – (Spatial Planning Assessment of Climate Emissions)Carbon calculator for wind farms
6 RenewablesElectricity, Heat and Community and Locally Owned Renewables Targets2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in ScotlandDraft Electricity Generation Policy Statement 2010Draft Outline Heat Vision, RH – EE – DH Action Plans, emerging Heat Generation Policy statement (end of year)
7 Onshore Wind Dominates work of branch Wind farm spatial frameworks Perceived ‘disconnect’ national and localDM ’technical challenges’Wind farm visualisationCommunity benefits, noise, tourism
8 NPF3 MIR & Draft SPP – Onshore Wind Reflects need for grid reinforcementsSupports further deployment, but balances with commitments on protecting nationally important ‘landscapes’ & residential amenityWind farms in NPs and NSAs not supportedConsults on SNH ‘core areas of wild land’ maps and community separation of 2.5km within spatial planningNPF3 question on energy storage
9 Supporting Offshore Renewables: NRIP (National Renewables Infrastructure Plan) Key action in RAP (2009): to provide leadership and an investment plan for offshore wind, wave and tidal sectorsAbout securing manufacturing, installation, operation & maintenance operations for the offshore renewables industry within ScotlandN-RIP Stage 1 report (Feb2010) spatial framework of 11 first phase port & harbour sites, creating clusters of economic activityN-RIP Stage 2 report (July 2010) investment required for 11 sitesN-RIP Stage 3 implementationN-RIF (Nov 2010) £70MOngoing advisory group meetings with stakeholdersEncourage PAs to be geared up in development plans and DM to support as proposals arise, streamlining consenting.
10 NPF3 MIR – Offshore Renewables Support for delivery of NRIPPrioritises onshore infrastructure for offshore (particularly Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters, Forth, Tay and Moray Firths)Aberdeen Harbour Expansion national developmentsElectricity grid reinforcementsRelationship with marine planning
11 Planning and Heat Expert Commission on District Heating, Heat mapping projects Highland, Fife and P&K, funds available for rollout to all LAsDeep geothermal study and workshopPossible synergies with heat recovery, e.g. AEA fossil fuel plant studyPlanning and Heat online advice
12 NPF3 MIR & Draft SPP – Planning & Heat Establishes energy hierarchy (efficiency, recovery, generation)LDPs to use heat mapping to co-locate heat supply and demand .LDPs to support heat networks. Where not viable, individual property solutionsExpectations on deep geothermal
13 Energy applications : Route Consenting Route:-Electricity – Planning < 50MW, S36 Consents if >50MWPlanning - All heat only applicationsNational / Major / Local :-Major if capacity of electricity generating station exceeds 20MWNo threshold for heat only applications in hierarchy (but may be other trigger)designated inNationalthe NPFDevtswith size / area thresholdsin the Hierarchy RegsMajor DevelopmentsDefined in ClassesDefined in the Hierarchy Regsneither national nor majoras all development which isLocal DevelopmentsBackgroundThe hierarchy is at the heart of the proposals for planning reform. The intention is that it will encourage a more proportionate approach to processing planning applications, focusing resources on proposals that involve greater economic benefits or environmental impact. This approach concentrates on making the system more fit for purpose and efficient.National, Major and Local DevelopmentsThe Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 introduced the hierarchy for planning in primary legislation, defining the three categories to which all developments will be allocated. – ‘national’, ‘major’ and ‘local’ developments. As mentioned previously, national developments are designated through the National Planning Framework - mainly large infrastructure projects. The Hierarchy of Development Regulations describe and assign classes of development to the categories of major and local developments.Types of Major DevelopmentsIn the regulations there are nine classes of major developments covering a spectrum of developments, types of applications which are to be considered as “major” include developments of 50 or more dwellings, certain waste, water, transport and energy infrastructure projects and mixed use / retail development above 5,000square meters or 2 hectares.Local Developments are all other developments which aren’t national or major. I will refer to minor developments later under work ongoing on permitted development rights.ImplicationsBut what are the implications of these designations? National and Major developments will require additional consultation with communities to be carried out by the applicant in advance of a formal application for planning permission. The applications will also be required to be accompanied by a statement setting out the design principles and how access for disabled people has been considered – a design and access statement.National developments and major developments which are significantly contrary to the local development plan will be subject to further scrutiny through a pre-determination hearing by a committee of the council followed by referral to full council for ratification.In terms of local developments, the expectation is that there will be is as at present a high degree of delegation to officers. And that decisions on local matters are taken locally.Further information on these issues are contained in following slides.
14 …Subject to limitations and restrictions PD for Renewables?Solar photo voltaic & solar thermal panelsFlues for biomass heating systemFlues for combined heat and power systemGround and water source heat pumpsFree-standing wind turbines and air source heat pumpsGround and water source heat pump pipesSolar photo voltaic and solar thermal panelsBiomass boilers and furnacesAnaerobic digestion systems…Subject to limitations and restrictions