Solar Farms: Funding, planning and impacts

A House of Commons briefing paper has been released which deals with the funding, planning and impacts of solar farms.

The briefing paper details

  • National planning policy for solar farms
  • Planning on agricultural land
  • Local planning policy for solar farms
  • Building solar farms on brownfield land
  • Decommissioning solar farms
  • News and reactions to planning policy for solar farms

With regard to decommissioning solar farms the paper states that what will happen to the land after a solar farm is closed will depend on the facts of each specific case, such as what status the land had before the erection of the solar farm, whether the solar farm is intended to be a permanent structure and whether any other activities take place on the land. However, decommissioning bonds can be put in place by the developer and the landowner to make sure that there is enough money at the end of the project to allow the land to be restored appropriately.

Author: House of Commons

Date: 16th December 2016

This item updates DCP section 26.536

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