Planning News

The  Orchard Gap Housing development has been deferred by the West Area Committee. Due to the design of the house for plot 3. If the house on Plot 3 is of a different type will the solar panels be lost??.


Erection of 3 no detached dwellings and private access track via new
access off public highway.

Orchard Gap is at the town end of Allendale Road. This interesting note was in the planning statement.

“Whilst the submitted Design and Access Statement notes that both houses at
Plot 1 and 2 would have photovoltaic panels attached to the roofs, later email
confirmation has been received from the applicant’s agent that these will not
be attached to these houses. A detailed design layout and product details
have been submitted for PV panels to be provided on the flat roof on the
house at Plot 3.”

The next 2 permissions are current. Both have no comments against or for them at present.

Land North West Of Todridge Farm Great Whittington Northumberland
Installation of 30kWp ground mounted solar photovoltaic panels
Todridge Farm located approximately 6.7km to the north of Corbridge sits within 339 acres of grassland used for grazing livestock. The farm itself and existing farm buildings have been updated to include renewable heating from a ground source Heatpump system. This proposal seeks the installation of 30kWp of solar photovoltaic panels to provide renewable electricity to run the Heatpump system and to move towards self-sustainability.

Land At South West Of Black Hill Farm Yarridge Road Hexham Northumberland
Proposed installation of an 80 panel ground mounted solar pv array
Using Carbon Trust ( figures of 54.5gm/KWh generated, therefore 20,000 KWp x 545gm = 10.90 tonnes which is a representation of carbon emissions saved.

This permission is on the Green Belt. But will have little impact on the Landscape and its also a “Farm Scale” developement not a Solar Farm.

The Government recently stated:
“Can the Green Belt contribute to meeting the new challenge of climate change? – Yes
‘undeveloped land, both in the Green Belt and the wider countryside should play a vital role in helping tackle the impacts of climate change. This role should be explicitly acknowledged
in planning policy’”

Of course this statement does not allow inappropriate developement.

Warden Solar farm and planning

Here is my submission as a member of Transition Tynedale in support of the Planning Permission at Warden. This scheme will save 49 tons of carbon per year according to the Carbon Trust.

Details here

As a Member of Transition Tynedale I support the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) “Presumption in favour of sustainable development”. In particular” When considering development proposals the Council will take a positive approach that reflects the presumption in
favour of sustainable development contained in the NPPF. It will always work retroactively with applicants jointly to find solutions which mean that proposals can be approved wherever possible, and to secure development that improves the economic, social and environmental conditions in the area”.
The NPPF also supports the transition to a low carbon future in a changing climate and encourages the use of renewable resources (for example, by the development of renewable energy).
The 2008 Climate change Act established the worlds first legally binding climate change target.
The Boatside project is the type of Renewable Energy Scheme that supports the UK binding agreement and by implication Northumberlands share of the agreement to reduce the UKs greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% (from the 1990 baseline) by 2050.
I personally know the site which is well screened by trees. The properties which benefit by offsetting their present Carbon Footprint with the energy produced by the scheme are the only properties overlooking the site.
I wholeheartedly supports the Green Belt Planning Statement as put forward by the applicant.

If you want to comment just try as I find the cut off dates a bit arbitrary

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Energy Fair 2013 – The Magnificent Eleven

The Energy Fair organising team met last night in the Skinners and we’re very pleased to count up that we already have 11 local installers confirmed for the Energy Fair on 11 May AND that they cover just about every type of renewable technology we can use on/in/under/around our homes – biomass, solar PV, solar thermal, ground source heat pumps, stoves, rainwater harvesting, micro CHP… and more.

Here are our Magnificent Eleven, already confirmed with 3.5 weeks still to go until the Fair:

In alphabtical order:

  1. ARPower advanced renewable power
  2. Centre For Green Energy
  3. D&E Renewables
  4. EcoLogicLiving
  5. Geowarmth
  6. Hadrian Electrical Engineering
  7. Logic Appleby
  8. Narec Distributed Energy
  9. Pure Green Energy
  10. PV Roofs / Maden Eco
  11. Sun Spirit

When we do the volunteer jobs rota for the day we’ll need to make sure that everyone has some free time to go round all the stalls ourselves! I’m certainly looking forward to working out what will be the next thing I can do to my own home =)

Tynedale Hospice at Home are providing the catering (proceeds to this excellent cause) and there will be lots more stalls, activities & info with an energy theme.

The Energy Fair is on Saturday 11 May, 10am – 4pm, at Trinity Methodist Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham.

If you wish to exhibit at the Fair, contact us by emailing Please mark your email for the attention of Gillian.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday 11 May.