Public opinion on energy crops in the landscape: considerations for the expansion of renewable energy from biomass

Dockerty, T, Appleton, K and Lovett, AA (2012) Public opinion on energy crops in the landscape: considerations for the expansion of renewable energy from biomass. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 55 (9). pp. 1134-1158. ISSN 0964-0568

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    Abstract

    Public attitudes were assessed towards two dedicated biomass crops – Miscanthus and Short Rotation Coppice (SRC), particularly regarding their visual impacts in the landscape. Results are based on responses to photographic and computer-generated images as the crops are still relatively scarce in the landscape. A questionnaire survey indicated little public concern about potential landscape aesthetics but more concern about attendant built infrastructure. Focus group meetings and interviews indicated support for biomass end uses that bring direct benefits to local communities. Questions arise as to how well the imagery used was able to portray the true nature of these tall, dense, perennial plants but based on the responses obtained and given the caveat that there was limited personal experience of the crops, it appears unlikely that wide-scale planting of biomass crops will give rise to substantial public concern in relation to their visual impact in the landscape.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: public attitudes,landscape visualisation,visual landscape impacts,biomass crops
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
    University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
    University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Resources, Sustainability and Governance
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    Depositing User: Katy Appleton
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 16:03
    Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 03:25
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/38262
    DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2011.636966

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