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Energy: Renewable Technologies

Volume 692: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the average length of time taken for consideration of a planning application for different renewable technologies; and what plans they have to expedite planning applications to encourage the deployment of such technologies. [HL3819]

According to the renewable energy statistics database for the United Kingdom, the average length of time taken to determine planning applications, including applications made under Section 36 of the Electricity Act, for different renewable technologies in the United Kingdom over the past five years is as follows:

2002-032003-042004-052005-062006-07

DTI technology band

No of schemes

Avg no days

No of schemes

Avg no days

No of schemes

Avg no days

No of schemes

Avg no days

No of schemes

Avg no days

Biomass—co-firing

-

-

-

-

1

140.0

-

-

-

-

Biomass—dedicated

2

318.5

4

293.8

5

259.2

4

115.5

1

62.0

Hydro

4

727.8

7

413.7

-

-

-

-

-

-

Landfill gas

23

167.9

6

130.7

15

143.1

9

104.2

-

-

Municipal & industrial waste

1

566.0

-

-

2

79.0

1

303.0

1

174.0

Photovoltaics

2

53.0

1

230.0

4

53.5

-

-

1

55.0

Wind offshore

2

367.0

-

-

-

-

5

435.4

-

-

Wind onshore

50

392.9

52

428.5

50

349.2

24

234.0

12

171.3

We have set out in our recent White Papers on energy and planning a series of initiatives and proposals aimed at reducing uncertainty and shortening the overall timescales from application to a final decision on consent. These include improving the national policy context against which individual planning decisions are made, reforming the planning system for major energy infrastructure projects and introducing more efficient and effective ways of working in the current planning regime. We are also currently consulting on proposals that would in general make householder microgeneration permitted development in England, subject to certain limitations and also subject to controls in conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.