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Energy Generation Impacts National Heritage Protection Plan Activity 2D3

Research carried out 2011-2015 into examining and mitigating the effects of changing energy generation methods on our heritage. This work formed part of the National Heritage Protection Plan.

A modern colour photograph showing the contrast between a prehistoric standing stome in the foreground with a windfarm in the background
Prehistoric standing stone and wind farm on St. Breock Down, Cornwall © English Heritage, image reference K05010

Scope of this Activity

There are likely to be significant changes to energy generation and supply in the short to medium term. These changes will have an impact on historic industrial structures that are no longer required. The changes will also affect historic sites and buildings, where energy-generating structures are sited.

Examples include the effects of microgeneration equipment on buildings, windfarms in estates or biofuel crops on archaeological landscapes. In this Activity, we will assess the likely negative impacts (and any opportunities) coming from these changes and put forward appropriate responses.

View of a rennovated historic powerstation
Linton Falls Hydropower facility after rennovation. © English Heritage, Alun Bull

Intended protection results

This work aimed to reduce the negative effects of large-scale wind, solar and tidal/wave energy developments on our heritage.

A modern colour image showing a biofuel crop in the foreground, with a listed church in the background
Miscanthus biofuel crop with Church of St. Andrew, Sutton in the Isle, Cambridgeshire in the background. © English Heritage, Steve Cole

Projects in the Activity

Reduction of negative impacts of large tidal/wave energy development 

A view through a historic church window that now looks out onto the turbines of a windfarm
Wind turbines seen through the window of a Grade II* listed church at Somerton, Norfolk. © English Heritage, image reference M050008

Links to other NHPP activities

This activity had a strong thematic link to our work on Industrial Heritage, (NHPP Activity 4B2).

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