Draft PPS18: Renewable Energy
E31. A small hydropower scheme will have a negligible impact on public access, though fisheries interests or other users of the river might be affected. The pipeline route may often be designed to follow the route of an existing footpath alongside a river, but impacts will be confined to the construction stage of the project where temporary diversions or closure may be required.
Annex 1 Small Hydro Planning Issues: Recreation & Public Access