The flood risk and drainage assessment requirements for solar farms are uncertain. As they are often greater than one hectare, an assessment of flood risk is usually required throughout the UK and Ireland.
Development anywhere affects local water movement. In many upland areas, peat adds to the challenge. The protection of both water quality and peat habitat needs careful planning.
The Government prioritised affordable housebuilding in the 2017 Autumn budget. Make no mistake, this will not be at the expense of water management and pollution prevention.