forming a new working group to take forward micro-hydropower at the Maltings.
This is in response to the adoption by Wiltshire Council of the Maltings and
Central Car Park masterplan at a packed meeting in Salisbury on 19 June 2019.
revised June 2019, now includes the statement that the Council will support
proposals for sustainable energy generation schemes on the site, subject to
planning permission and agreement between all necessary parties.
information has also emerged about a flooding incident which occurred at the
Bishops Mill/St Thomas’s Square site in 2014. The prospect of a catastrophic
city centre flooding must be considered in every activity. The masterplan has a
strong emphasis on flood mitigation as a broad development principle. For this
reason, both public and private sector funding is justified.
Efficiency and Sustainability’ section has been expanded and improved in the
revised plan. It reads as follows, in full (page 64-65):
Wiltshire Council has a goal for the County
to be carbon neutral by 2030 and planning applications will be supported by a
statement clearly outlining the measures proposed to achieve sustainable
development. Where possible and viable, development should be carbon neutral.
New buildings will be designed to maximise
energy efficiency and where design imperatives permit, buildings should be
orientated to benefit from solar energy and passive solar gain.
Development of the site will incorporate
onsite renewable energy generation that is appropriate to the setting.
The inclusion of green roofs will be
supported to maximise energy efficiency, slow down water runoff, and increase
wildlife habitat area.
The Council will support flexible mechanisms,
such as allowable solutions for zero carbon development, in line with the
definition published by central government as set out in Core Policy 41.
Sustainable energy strategies
The following minimum information should be
provided within a Sustainable Energy Strategy for all major developments, as
required by Core Policy 41:
Technical proposal – including the proportion
of the target to be met following the energy hierarchy (energy efficiency,
followed by on-site and then off-site measures). Details for each part of the
proposal and details of any infrastructure needed, such as district heating,
along with details for any phased delivery should also be included. The
exploration of opportunities to support the development of low-carbon
infrastructure to serve existing developments should be included.
Technical feasibility – including space
availability, integration with building energy systems, impact on townscape,
running hours of plant.
Financial viability – including capital costs
and whole life cost, taking into account market mechanisms such as feed-in
Deliverability – including opportunities and
requirements for delivery of infrastructure through the Energy Service
Impact on overall viability – an assessment
method, such as the Home and Communities Economic Viability model, should be
used that will examine factors including land value, sale value, construction
costs and other developer contributions.