Highlands council seeks public comments on wind turbine farm energy and planning policy

moray-councilA Highlands council is to carry out a public consultation on its wind turbine farm energy planning policy.

The planning and regulatory services committee at Moray Council has agreed to a nine-week public consultation which will run until mid-November 2016.

The draft guidance provides an update to the 2013 version in order to comply with Scottish planning policy and the requirements to identify a spatial framework within the Moray Local Development Plan, identify areas likely to be most appropriate for wind turbine developments and to identify where there is greatest potential for wind turbine developments.

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, and from Keith in the east to Forres in the west.

The Moray wind energy landscape capacity study has also been updated and has been incorporated into the guidance as an appendix to the main guidance document, enabling it to form part of the statutory local development plan.

The landscape capacity study has refined the landscape sensitivities taking into consideration recent developments and has also investigated the potential of larger turbines being developed in Moray. The guidance aims to set out:

  • The council’s approach to considering and determining planning applications and for making observations on development proposals to the Scottish Government.
  • Information requirements and issues to be addressed at pre-application and application stages.
  • The council’s overall strategy for wind turbine development, including spatial framework and detailed policy guidance maps for three typologies of turbine development.
  • Links to the extensive range of detailed guidance produced by the council and consultees, and contact details.

Representations must be made by 5pm on November 14 to Development Plans, Development Services, Moray Council, PO Box 6760, Elgin, IV30 9BX or e-mailed to localdevelopmentplan@moray.gov.uk

A drop in session will also be held in New Elgin Hall on Monday, October 17.

The guidance can be viewed on the council’s website at http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_100442.html

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