DoE meets conservationists half-way on renewables guidance

A planning policy guidance note on renewable energy has been published by the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Welsh Office.1 Unlike an earlier draft, it puts wind farms on a similar footing to other developments in designated areas, but fails to outlaw them altogether.

The guidance covers planning issues for all renewable technologies, including waste-to-energy and biomass plants. It comes over a year after the first draft (ENDS Report 203, p 21). In the interval, about 20 wind farms were completed or got under construction. Like the draft, the final version contains a special annex on wind energy, and further annexes on the other renewable technologies will follow.

In form, the final version is virtual

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