eat local, grow local
I have only just read this post but did not know that the planning dept stupid rules were behind this. The brockenhurst /Setly ridge farm shop sells food from IOW. the garlic at Warbourne was from IOW. SO WHAT!!
But to stop them from using green energy is just too stupid for words.
I wonder if the thinking is any different now?with the oil problems and the need for businesses to survive?
The first thought with green power is usually wind or solar panels(still only about 10 -15% efficient) to generate electricity but likely, at least in the South of England, a much better use of sunshine is to heat water and to heat houses. Solar water heaters are user widely in Europe and Israel and can produces enough hot water for laundry and showers. For home heating there are inexpensive panels that can be mounted on a wall to collect the energy from the sun as heat and circulate it into the house (the original design used waste beer cans in the collector so green).
I have silicon solar panels on the south facing wall of my house that I use main as a back up power supply. The panel keeps a 12 volt battery fully charged with power to spare that is enough to run some LED lighting and run my computer. At full price I calculated that it will take 20 years to pay off the cost in electricity! Of course, on the rare occasions that the power fails it is great to have the back up power and provided the sun shines (and it usually does after a blizzard) the battery keeps charging.
The solar panels look like a window at a distance. When mounted on a roof it should not really bother planners at all. There are designs coming available where solar panels actually form the roof or look like tiles or other roof coverings.
Time for a revision of the planning regulations!