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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19035: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what defines a "remote rural settlement" for the purpose of wind development.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 5 October 2018

“Remote Rural Settlement” is defined in the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification document as:

Areas with a population of less than 3,000 people, and with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a settlement of 10,000 or more

However, this definition is primarily used for statistical purposes and this would not be the sole planning factor when considering an area 'remote'.