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Policy guidance note: solar energy

Policy guidance note: solar energy Image copyright by Philip Halling

CPRE’s policy on solar energy

Jackie Copley, CPRE Lancashire's Planning Manager was pleased to have sat on the Task and Finish group which recently developed CPRE's policy on solar energy.

CPRE’s Policy Guidance Note on solar energy sets out our position, whilst the practical campaign tools document provides information to help evaluate and shape solar farm proposals.

CPRE would like to see greater use made of commercial roofs and brownfield land unsuitable for housing for solar electricity — an area at least twice the size of London is available, representing a huge amount of untapped solar energy potential. This would increase solar generation whilst protecting the countryside. However, the Government needs to do much more to help realise this huge potential.

Our policy guidance does not rule out solar farms, but it does say they should meet important criteria — on protecting landscape and heritage, amenity and the best agricultural land, and maximise biodiversity.

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