Climate change and renewable energy
To help tackle climate change, the Council expects an increase in the use and supply of renewable and low carbon energy. The Local Plan supports the delivery of renewable and low carbon energy sources, subject to location, design and scale acceptability and no net negative impacts. The Local Plan evidence base includes two studies that investigate the capacity of the Borough to deliver low carbon and renewable energy:
Liverpool City Region Renewable Energy Capacity Study
This 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 Regional Development Agency developed the North West Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Capacity and Deployment Study (external link). Lancashire County Council then commissioned consultants to bring forward the information contained in this report to a local authority level.
A technical report demonstrating potential capacity for renewable energy within Lancashire county was produced in April 2011. 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. The study provides a greater understanding of the potential for renewable energy development in West Lancashire.