Renewable Energy & Environment

Protection of the environment and the promotion of renewable energy are important parts of the Government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change and conserve energy reserves. The principle of ‘Sustainable Development’ has therefore been adopted as an integral part of the national Planning system.

Land Planning understands the importance of these principles; our projects have included the coordination of Planning Applications for solar panel (aka Photo Voltaic Cell) installations, on existing and proposed buildings such as agricultural barns and houses, and the specification of insulation materials to conserve heat loss.

Low running costs are a major bonus given our high fuel prices, which are set to rise further as traditional fossil fuels become more and more scarce. Over recent years Land Planning has built up a strong technical knowledge of many aspects associated with renewable energy.

We’ve gained valuable knowledge on various types of renewable / sustainable energy sources such as ground and air source heat pumps which utilise geothermal energy. These are particularly suitable when specified in conjunction with underfloor heating. An alternative being Biomass heating systems utilising renewable carbon neutral sources, typically timber fuelling wood burning stoves and boilers.

For advice on how you can incorporate renewable energy into your project, or to maximise potential earnings from the governments Feed-In Tariff scheme, please call Land Planning for advice.

Land Planning is able to deal with many other issues relating to the planning system and the environment including:

Recycling

Measures to incorporate recycling are incorporated into our Planning Applications; our plans indicate suitable locations for wheelie-bins and refuse collection points, ensuring that the safe and efficient disposal of waste is always considered.

EIA’s

Planning can very often be a contentious issue, especially in relation to the environment, for certain sites the Planning Department will ask for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be carried out, for example if the site is located in an area designated as being of special interest.

Contamination & Pollution

If a site is considered to be ‘brownfield’ or has been used previously for certain commercial or industrial purposes, an assessment / report on contamination may be required. Land Planning is also able to give advice on such issues as noise, light and air pollution relating to planning.

Flooding & Drainage

With regards to sustainable drainage and the prevention of flooding, there are two main issues – the handling of waste water (foul) drainage, and proposed rainwater run-off to soak-a-ways. Land Planning can offer professional advice on all drainage matters, including the SUDS (Sustainable Drainage) policy and waste drainage. For example an alternative to mains drains being stand-alone sewage treatment plants such as the Klargester ‘BioDisc’ and septic tanks / drainage fields, for which we can advise on the appropriate location and specification to satisfy the conditions of Planning.