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Draft PPS18: Renewable Energy
Annex 1 Biomass: Information to Accompany a Planning Application

B46. The successful development of a biomass-fuelled power plant entails detailed consideration of a wide range of factors and the developer may need to provide information on some if not all of the following matters:
  • maps, diagrams and drawings showing the location and design of the plant, and the general location of fuel sources;
  • details of the technology to be employed;
  • in the case of large schemes, a Zone of Visual Impact map of the chimney, and photomontages of the plant from selected viewpoints;
  • details of vehicular access and movements, and principal transport routes for fuel supply;
  • landscaping provisions;
  • details of air and noise emissions and an assessment of their impact;
  • report detailing the disposal of residues;
  • site management measures during construction; and
  • indicative details of grid connection works, including transmission lines and transformers may be useful.

Environmental Impact Assessment

B47. Schedule 2 to the Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 Opens link in a new browser window lists those developments that must be screened to determine whether they are EIA Development. This type of development is likely to come under either of the following two categories listed under Section 3, “Energy Industry”:
  • industrial installations for the production of electricity, steam and hot water, where the development exceeds 0.5 hectare; and
  • industrial installations for carrying gas, steam and hot water, where the area of works exceeds 1 hectare.
It is also possible that where a development will process waste it could fall under Schedule 2.11(c) to the Regulations.
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