Solar Farm Development in the UK

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393, Hillier, David and Comfort, Daphne (2014) Solar Farm Development in the UK. Property Management, 32 (2). pp. 176-184. doi:10.1108/PM-05-2013-0032

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Purpose – Solar energy is the most abundant of all renewable energy sources and the development pressures for solar farms have grown rapidly in the last five years within the UK. With this in mind the purpose of this paper is to offer a general review of solar farm development in the UK. Design/methodology/approach – The paper begins with a description of the characteristics of solar farms, outlines the solar farm market in the UK and discusses the planning policies and issues associated with solar farm development. Findings – The paper reveals that solar farms have been developed on both agricultural land and brownfield sites and that the development pressures are greatest in the southwest and southeast of England. While national and local authority planning policies generally promote renewable energy schemes, proposals for the development of solar farms have raised a wide range of planning issues. These include impacts on land, landscape and visual amenity; ecology and nature conservation: cultural heritage and historic environment; construction traffic and highways; security; economic benefits; and potential economic and social impacts within the community.

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Additional Information: This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here Jones, Peter and Hillier, David and Comfort, Daphne (2014) Solar Farm Development in the UK. Property Management, 32 (2). pp. 176-184. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: United Kingdom, Sustainability, Solar farm, Renewables
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2015 14:48
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2023 12:10

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