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Planning Permission


Key features of a small hydro scheme include:



a hydraulic 'head' - vertical distance from water source to the turbine.

a water intake above a weir or behind a dam

a pipe or channel to take water to the turbine

a turbine, generator and electrical connection

an outflow, where the water returns to the watercourse


These elements raise a number of important planning issues and planning permission will usually be needed.

The elements of a small-scale hydro electricity scheme create potential impacts on:

landscape and visual amenity

nature conservation

the water regime.


For further information call us in the office on: 01282 451428

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