Date lodged: 26 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it provides regarding community consultation on new wind farm applications.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 11 May 2018
The consultation requirements for planning applications vary depending on the scale of the application. Smaller scale, known as local, applications are subject to a 21 day period of neighbour notification. Larger scale, known as major, applications are subject to enhanced engagement procedures including pre-application discussions in advance of neighbour notification. Scottish Government Policy on the requirements can be found in Circular 3 2013 – Development Management Procedures: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/planning-series-circular-3-2013-development-management-procedures/
Where the wind farm is consented through the Scottish planning system, we have published guidance: ‘Public engagement for sub-20MW wind turbine proposals – good practice guidance’: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/public-engagement-sub-20mw-wind-turbine-proposals-good-practice-guidance/ . This describes the statutory requirements for applications for planning permission for different scales of proposals involving wind turbines, including pre-application consultation requirements for those above 20MW.