Ayrshire has significant renewable energy resources and is well placed to exploit its generation and use. A portfolio of different technologies and solutions will have a significant local role to play in meeting the global challenge of climate change with potentially greater contributions to national capacity from a diverse range of renewable energy proposals, energy efficiency and clean fuel technology. The plan, therefore, seeks to facilitate the development of renewable energy and energy saving within communities and act as an economic and sustainable driver of local economies for the future. This can be achieved through the introduction of innovative forms of technology, design and construction methods and in ways and at scales that will allow it to play a major role in the regeneration of communities.
The planning system supports integration of small scale and micro renewable energy generation into existing and new developments will be supported and in particular encouragement should be given to community owned wind turbine, hydro-power, combined heat and power plants and space heating developments which could help spread the benefits of this activity and potentially reduce energy costs.
Given the Government's targets, there is an onus to find wind farm locations that would contribute to the overall national supply, and take environmental impacts into account. It is also recognised, however, that local benefits arising from wind farms can be important to the future economic regeneration of rural communities. To guide wind farm development in a manner that maintains landscape and biodiversity value and safeguards the operational needs of Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick Airports, two areas of search for large-scale wind farm development have therefore been identified.
Please click here to view the Addendum to the Ayrshire Joint Structure Plan's Technical Report TR03/2006.
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