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Council produces renewable energy draft document

North Lincolnshire Council has produced planning guidelines designed to ensure its natural landscape is protected.

The renewable energy draft document (referred to as a supplementary planning document) sets out the council’s approach to planning renewable energy projects. It aims to promote the development of renewable energy technology in those locations that have the capacity to accommodate such a development without it having an adverse affect on the natural and built environment. It also aims to provide guidance for developers in preparing planning applications.

In recent years, the area has attracted significant interest from energy companies looking to develop renewable energy.

The South Humber Gateway (SHG) is said to be strategically placed to take advantage of its location, close to the North Sea and where the Government has identified three large areas for offshore wind energy developments that will take place over the next decade.

To meet this interest, there are plans by Able UK to develop a Marine Energy Park on the SHG, creating 5,000 jobs. And this looks set to become an international centre for the manufacture and assembly of wind turbines for the rapidly expanding off-shore wind sector.

Further renewable energy schemes are being proposed including the Heron Biomass Energy Plant and the Abengoa bioethanol plant.

It is currently envisaged that the public will be able to comment on the content of this document later this year, around September/October time.

Cllr Rob Waltham, cabinet member for adult and children’s services, said: “We need to ensure that we get the balance right in terms of welcoming renewable energy developments in the right places. But at the same time consider the impact on local communities and ensure that we protect our natural landscape.

“With existing and ongoing plans, North Lincolnshire is set to more than meet its target to produce energy from renewable sources. In fact it will be one of the few authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region to achieve this.”