Planning for Renewable Energy
Reducing the need for fossil fuels is crucial in mitigating
climate change. Moving towards renewable and low-carbon energy
sources can also provide valuable social and economic benefits,
such as a reduction in fuel poverty, and new jobs for an area in
manufacturing and installing green technologies.
Worcestershire County Council seeks to take an overarching
strategic view of renewables in the county by providing advice and
research. The council's Economic Development unit also seeks to support
the green economy in
What We Don't Do
The County Council does not determine applications for renewable
energy (except for waste-related planning applications such as
energy-from-waste plants that may include an element of renewable
Most applications for renewable energy are determined by
district local planning
Technical Research Paper
for Renewable Energy in Worcestershire Research Paper (PDF 1.8
This research paper is intended to give a summary of the
significant issues surrounding energy in the County.
The paper considers policy drivers and looks at issues of
landscape, biodiversity and heritage.
Research Paper Consultation Responses (PDF 582 KB)
A consultation on the 'Planning for Renewable Energy in
Worcestershire' Technical Research Paper took place in 2008.
Details of consultation comments received, together with
Worcestershire County Council's officer responses, can be viewed by
clicking the link.
of Potential Renewable Energy Resources in Worcestershire (PDF 7.7
A study of the potential capacity for large-scale renewable
energy in Worcestershire has been undertaken by consultants,
providing calculations of potential levels of wind, biomass and
The study also maps potential broad locations for each
technology and suggests a County-level target for energy that could
be harnessed from renewable sources.
It should be noted that the study remains technical evidence,
and the County Council has not endorsed either the levels or the
locations of renewable energy development in Worcestershire.
It is recognised that renewable energy proposals, especially at
the larger scale, can generate strong responses, both positive and
negative, from the communities in which they are planned.
Worcestershire county council, in partnership with each of
the district/borough councils in the county,are leading on a
Strategy to try to facilitate greater discussion between
developers, planners and local communities in a timely manner.
The Strategy is currently under development and is due to be
published in 2011.
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This page was last reviewed 29 July 2013 at 11:35.
The page is next due for review 25 January 2015.