Renewables Handbook

This practical Renewables Handbook was developed by Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington Councils in May 2011.

The purpose of the Handbook is to provide guidance and advice on the planning requirements associated with the installation of renewable and low carbon energy generation equipment into new and existing buildings.

Although primarily aimed at householders, it can also be used by developers, communities or businesses that are looking to utilise these sources of energy, in order to understand when you are likely to need planning permission to do so, how to submit a planning application and the factors that will taken into account when determining a proposal.

The handbook provides advice on six common forms of renewable and low carbon energy: Wind, Solar, Biomass, Combined Heat and Power, Hydro Electric and Air, Water and Ground Source Heat Pumps. Each of these technologies is covered by an individual factsheet to provide a quick reference guide to the principles of the technology and equipment concerned, any planning requirements that will need to be met before it can be installed and used, plus links to further sources of guidance and advice.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this Handbook is accurate and up-to-date, but if you are thinking of installing or developing renewable or low carbon energy generation equipment, it is recommended that you speak to an energy specialist, an installer and your local authority in the first instance, in the early stages of planning your work. The information contained in this Handbook is intended as general information only and it should not be taken as replacing the advice of these professionals.