Pre-planning consultation for solar schemes on council land
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South Gloucestershire Council’s Climate Change Strategy was adopted in April 2013 and includes ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions and generate energy from renewable sources.
In the strategy we made a commitment to assess land suitable for renewable energy developments. As a result we are proposing two ground mounted solar PV schemes at land adjoining our Badminton Road Offices in Yate and one on land at Moorend between the M4 and the A4174 Ring Road.
We are holding an exhibition on the proposals in the reception area of the council offices, Badminton Road, Yate BS37 5AF on Monday 1 September between 3pm and 7pm and on Tuesday 2 September between 3pm and 8pm.
The proposed schemes are relatively small compared to the commercial solar schemes already operating in the district. We are proposing a scheme which will allow us to generate and supply electricity directly to our Badminton Road offices.
We have already taken big steps to reduce costs and energy consumption across our estate by consolidating our buildings and installing energy saving measures and devices. These proposals will help reduce running costs, manage the impact of rising energy prices and reduce carbon emissions by 700 tonnes a year.
- The Badminton Road scheme will cover 2.5 acres.
- The Moorend scheme will cover approximately 5 acres.
In comparison, a commercial scheme at Says Court Farm in Westerleigh covers 100 acres.
Both of the proposed sites are low grade agricultural land and have previously been used for landfill or sewerage works, so are ideal for solar development.
We are working with a renewable energy company to assess the environmental impact of the proposals and to design a scheme which will have the least impact on the environment while still delivering an economically viable project.
We are keen to provide local residents with the opportunity to view and comment on the proposals before the final business case is considered. This is a pre-planning consultation which closes on Wednesday 10 September. When the formal plans are submitted in late September there will be a further opportunity for local residents to feedback their comments.
Representatives from the council will be available at the exhibition to answer your questions.
Alternatively, the proposals can viewed online at www.southglos.gov.uk/consultation where you can also comment on the scheme.
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