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To increase the use and production of renewable and low carbon energy to contribute to national targets, renewable energy development will be supported where:
1. The impacts arising from the construction, operation and de-commissioning of installations (both individually and cumulatively) are or can be made acceptable.
2. The proposal has been robustly assessed in terms of its likely impact on landscape sensitivity and it is demonstrated that it does not compromise the purposes of internationally or nationally important landscape, environmental or heritage assets.
3. There are appropriate plans in place for the removal of the technology on cessation of generation, and restoration of the site to an acceptable alternative use.
4. Any farm land that is used is retained in some form of agricultural or biodiversity use.
5. There has been early consultation with the local communities affected by the development, and the development contains proposals for shared ownership between the developer/operator and the community or justification as to why this is not appropriate.
6. Where the development is to meet a business need, the proposed generation is proportionate to the business use and the energy is used on site.
7. For wind turbine proposals, the site has been allocated for that use within a neighbourhood plan.
8. For renewable or low carbon energy generating proposals (including energy from waste), where appropriate, the development should provide for the efficient distribution of heat off site, for the co-location of energy producers with users, and for the maximisation of energy recovery or efficiency of generation.
9. The proposals do not lead to unsustainable, isolated development in the countryside.