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Climate change and renewable energy

To help tackle climate change, West Lancashire Borough Council expects an increase in the use and supply of renewable and low carbon energy.  Both the Replacement Local Plan (July 2006) and the emerging Local Plan Publication Document (2012-2027), support the delivery of renewable and low carbon energy sources, subject to location, design and scale acceptability and no resulting negative impacts. The Local Plan evidence base includes two studies that investigate the capacity of the Borough to deliver low carbon and renewable energy technologies. These are Liverpool City Region Renewable Energy Capacity Study and the Lancashire Sustainable Energy Study and are available below.

Liverpool City Region Renewable Energy Capacity Study

The Liverpool City Region Renewable Energy Capacity Study is one of a number of studies providing evidence for the Local Plan and also links in to West Lancashire’s commitment to a low carbon economy and dealing with the impacts of climate change.

The draft study consists of two reports and an appendix:

  • The Stage 1 Report (2009) (PDF 7mb) - this demonstrates that the city region’s sub-regional renewable energy targets set out in the Regional Spatial Strategy (2008) can be met.
  • The Stage 2 Report (2010) (PDF 5mb) - this provides a common city region-wide development plan policy framework. It also sets out more detailed energy evidence for each local authority, and identifies priority zones for combined heat and power and areas of potentially least constraint for wind energy development.
  • Appendix G (PDF 14mb)

Lancashire Sustainable Energy Study

In 2010, the North West Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Capacity and Deployment Study (External link) was developed by the Northwest Regional Development Agency in order to assist Local Planning Authorities in preparing planning policies on renewables. Lancashire County Council then commissioned consultants SQW and Maslen Environmental to bring forward the information contained in this report to a local authority level and provide further technical advice regarding renewable energy potential and deployment.

A technical report demonstrating potential capacity for renewable energy within the entire Lancashire County was produced in April 2011 along with more focused individual reports for each local authority including West Lancashire. In July 2011, a final report was produced, translating the technical capacity for renewable and low carbon energy to a more deployable capacity for the entire Lancashire area. In addition, a planning guide and summary fact sheet have also been produced to assist with understanding this technical topic.

These documents provide a greater understanding of the potential for renewable energy development in West Lancashire and the wider Lancashire County area and are available to download below.