In response to a public petition, the Scottish Government has agreed to prepare guidance on good practice community engagement methods for wind energy development proposals. The public petition was based on concerns that the current publicity requirements for raising awareness of planning applications for wind turbines amongst the wider community were insufficient. It sought the Scottish Parliament’s support in urging the Scottish Government to increase the neighbour notification distance for wind turbine proposals from the present 20 metres. The petitioners’ focus was especially for proposals for single or a small number of turbines, mainly in more sparsely populated rural areas.
The petition was lodged with the Scottish Parliament on 19th March 2013 and closed by the Local Government & Regeneration Committee on 20th August 2014 (see Petition PE1469). The Scottish Government considered potential changes to statutory requirements, including the suggestions made to the Committee by the petitioner. Rather than legislative change, the Scottish Government acknowledged that it would be helpful to issue guidance on good practice in relation to public engagement on proposals for wind turbines. This position was submitted to the Committee on 1st August 2014 and a timetable was set out for production of good practice guidance. On 20th August 2014 the Local Government and Regeneration Committee considered the submissions made hitherto and agreed to close public petition PE1469 with immediate effect.
This consultation seeks responses to the questions set out within the draft guidance document, allowing stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the content of the guidance. Comments will be taken into account before the document is finalised in Spring 2015. The guidance aims to advise a range of potential stakeholders including local authorities, developers, community groups and members of the public.
Date: 03/11/2014 Start of consultation
15/12/2014 End of consultation
Author: Scottish Government
DCP link: This item updates DCP section 26.5323