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Chapter 15 - Climate Change

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Policy CC01

Policy CC01 - Fluvial and Tidal Flooding

Development will not usually be appropriate in areas falling within the identified Environment Agency's flood zones 2 and 3.

Where there is no alternative to developingNew development in an area identified as being at risk of flooding and falling within Flood Zones 2 and 3 will only be permitted if it can be demonstrated that it satisfies the Sequential Test and, where required, the Exception Test, and exception test as set out in the NPPF will be applied. Development proposals in these areas shall be accompanied bywill need a Flood Risk Assessment, including developments over 1 hectare in Flood Zone 1,to be carried out by the developerwhich should address flood risk from all sources of flooding including surface and groundwater flooding.

For clarity, effectiveness and to ensure consistency with national planning policy.

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Policy CC02

Policy CC02 - Surface Water Management

New development is required will be expected to manage surface water resulting from the development using sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) wherever possible. SUDS design, together with a robust long term maintenance plan should be included considered as an integral part of the master planning and design process for new development and should, wherever possible, incorporate multi-functional benefits for people and wildlife. Developers should demonstrate how theseek and refer to guidance produced by the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) has been taken into account and applied when submitting a planning application for any major development. Approval of for the design and measures to be implemented for the long term maintenance of SUDS will be required prior to development being permitted.

For clarity, effectiveness and to ensure consistency with national planning policy.

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Paragraph 15.22

15.22 The Isle of Grain to South Foreland Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) provides a large- scale assessment of the risks associated with coastal evolution and presents a policy framework to address these risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environment in a sustainable manner. It also includes an action plan to facilitate implementation of the SMP policies and monitor progress. The following policy seeks to ensure that new development is not put at risk from coastal erosion which may put people or property at risk, or potentially reduce the lifespan of those dwellings.

To improve clarity and effectiveness.

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Policy CC03

Policy CC03 - Coastal Development

Proposals for new development within 40 metres of the coastline or clifftop must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Council that it will not:

1) expose people and property to the risks of coastal erosion and flooding for the life of the development; or
2) accelerate coastal erosion due to increased surface water run off; and before planning permission can be granted
3)impact on natural habitats through the process of coastal squeeze or otherwise restrict the capacity of the coastline to adjust to sea-level rise and climate change.

To improve clarity and effectiveness.

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Policy CC04

Policy CC04 - Renewable Energy

Proposals for major new developments will be expected to make provision for shall demonstrate that they will make maximum use of renewable energy or micro-generation equipment as part of their proposals subject to the following criteria: and to this end shall include a feasibility assessment taking into account site location and viability.  Proposals for renewable energy or micro-generation facilities in new developments should ensure that:  Applicants will need to demonstrate:

1)    They have considered the environmental, social and economic benefits of their proposals.
1) 2)    There are no significant adverse impacts on the surrounding area such as visual, noise and amenity.
2) 3)    Visual and landscape impacts have been minimised in the design and layout of the scheme;
3) 4)    There is no significant loss of impact on residential amenity of local residents.
4) 5)    There is no adverse impact on heritage assets or their setting.
5) 6)    There is no significant impact on the landscape setting, habitats, biodiversity or wildlife assets, particularly protected species and habitats.
6) 7)    They do not have an impact on the best and most versatile agricultural land unless that it can be demonstrated that it is necessary and no alternative lower grade land is available.

To improve clarity and effectiveness.

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Paragraph 15.29

15.29 The following policy seeks to encourage district heating schemes where appropriate and feasible. Energy statements are a useful tool for considering the energy strategy for major sites. These could consider any of the following aspects:

  • the overall energy strategy for the site
  • the energy demands for the development
  • an assessment oft he feasibility of the available renewable and low carbon technologies
  • assessment of the likely energy savings and emissions
  • costs of technology where viability is a concern
  • other potential impacts of renewable energy and low carbon technologies
  • long term management of energy supply on site

To improve clarity and effectiveness.

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Policy CC05

Policy CC05 - District Heating

Support will be given to the inclusion of district heating schemes in new development. Major development proposals should be supported by an Energy Statement to demonstrate why district heating can or cannot be deliveredthat the inclusion of such a scheme has been considered. Where a district heating scheme cannot be provided the developer should set out the reasons for this.

To improve clarity and effectiveness.

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Policy CC06

Policy CC06 - Solar Parks

Applications for solar parks will only be permitted if there is no significantly detrimental impact on any of the following:

1) Thanet's historic landscapes
2) Visual and local amenity, including cumulative effects
3) Heritage assets and views important to their setting

Proposals on agricultural land must demonstrate that the proposal will comply with all of the following:

4) Cause minimal disturbance to the agricultural land and
5) Be temporary, capable of removal and reversible, and allow for continued use as such on the remaining undeveloped area of the site.
6) Provide biodiversity enhancements.

The need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental considerations.

Solar park proposals will be assessed for their impact on the Thanet Coast SPA and Ramsar site in order to ensure no loss of functionally linked land and provide mitigation if required.

To improve clarity and effectiveness.

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Policy CC07

Policy CC07 - Richborough

Proposals for the development of renewable energy facilities at Richborough will be permitted if it can be demonstrated that the development will not be detrimental to nearby sites of nature conservation value or heritage assets and that any potential effects can bewould be fully and suitably mitigated.

To improve clarity and effectiveness.