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Explanation 5.6.6 5.6.7

Explanation 5.6.6 5.6.7 5.6.8 The Government has adopted ambitious targets for renewable energy generation. Nationally the expectation is that we will generate 15% of our total energy demand through renewable sources by 2020. This is total energy that includes heat and transport. To achieve this, a step change in the take-up of renewables will be needed, and the planning system has a key role to play in this. There are more ambitious targets for 2030 and beyond. The NPPF makes clear that planning plays a key role in reducing greenhouse emissions and supporting the delivery of renewable and low carbon-associated infrastructure. Amongst other things, local planning authorities should have a positive strategy to promote renewable and low carbon energy, have policies that maximise renewables and low carbon development while ensuring their adverse impacts are satisfactorily addressed, and give support to community-led initiatives. The NPPF suggests that local planning authorities consider identifying suitable areas for renewable energy. Gloucestershire County Council commissioned ENTEC to undertake a study into renewable energy capacity across the county in 2010. It considered renewable / low carbon development at a commercial level and identified wind and biomass as potential resources for the JCS area. Furthermore, it identified that there were no significant grid constraints within the JCS area, and that electric and gas grid availability was generally good. 5.6.9 5.6.10 5.6.11 The ENTEC study does not provide sufficiently strong evidence on its own to enable the JCS authorities to identify suitable areas for developing renewable energy; however, District plans may seek to identify these based on more detailed local evidence, or may seek to provide further guidance on the issue. Delivery Other than through the technologies incorporated into buildings, design and sustainable construction, delivery of renewable energy development will be through the private sector bringing forward proposals for commercial renewable or low carbon energy generation. This may be significantly influenced by the incentive regimes that are in place at a national level, whether for heat or electricity. The JCS authorities will work in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, the LEP and other partner organisations, to identify and take advantage of opportunities to increase renewable energy generation, such as the potential for providing combined heat and power to new development, wherever it is compliant with the other policies in this plan. Development management decision-taking will reflect the value and priority attached to moving towards a low-carbon economy and more sustainable energy generation. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 90

INF6 – INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY Background 5.7.1 Government says that ’Infrastructure is the foundation upon which our economy is built. The government remains determined to deliver better infrastructure in the UK to grow the economy and improve opportunities for people across the country.’ (National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016–2021 Executive Summary). This standpoint is mirrored in the NPPF. There is little further to add in emphasising the importance of infrastructure in all its forms to the community as a whole. Policy INF6: Infrastructure Delivery 1. Where infrastructure requirements are generated as a result of individual site proposals and / or having regard to cumulative impact, new development will be served and supported by adequate and appropriate on- and / or off-site infrastructure and services. In identifying infrastructure requirements, development proposals will also demonstrate that full regard has been given, where appropriate, to implementing the requirements of the Joint Core Strategy Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2. Where need for additional infrastructure and services and / or impacts on existing infrastructure and services is expected to arise, the Local Planning Authority will seek to secure appropriate infrastructure which is necessary, directly related, and fairly and reasonably related to the scale and kind of the development proposal, including: i. Broadband infrastructure; ii. Climate change mitigation / adaptation; iii. Community and cultural facilities and initiatives; iv. Early Years and Education; v. Health and well-being facilities and sport, recreation and leisure facilities; vi. The highway network, traffic management, sustainable transport and disabled people’s access; vii. Protection of cultural and heritage assets and the potential for their enhancement; viii. Protection of environmental assets and the potential for their enhancement; ix. Provision of Green Infrastructure including open space; x. Public realm; xi. Safety and security including emergency services. This list of potential infrastructure items is neither exhaustive, sequential nor are its elements mutually exclusive 3. Priority for provision will be assessed both on a site-by-site basis and having regard to the mitigation of cumulative impact, together with implementation of the JCS Infrastructure Delivery Plan 4. Planning permission will be granted only where sufficient provision has been made for infrastructure and services (together with their continued maintenance) to meet the needs of new development and / or which are required to mitigate the impact of new development upon existing communities. Infrastructure and services must be provided in line with an agreed, phased timescale and in accordance with other requirements of this Plan. This policy contributes towards achieving all the JCS Strategic Objectives. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 91

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