Scotland’s renewables industry has welcomed the new National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP), while cautioning against a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to planning decisions for wind farms.
A spokesman for Scottish Renewables said: “We are pleased that the new planning guidelines recognise that renewables developments are an essential part of Scotland’s future. NPF3 and SPP highlight the importance of developments across renewable heat, electricity and transport in order to make Scotland more successful and sustainable.
“It is essential that we strike the right balance between harnessing our fantastic wind resource and protecting Scotland’s most valued landscapes. That’s why we support the Scottish Government plans to make National Scenic Areas and National Parks off-limits to large-scale applications.
“The Scottish Government needs to ensure the new planning framework does not rule out good quality proposals out with National Scenic Areas and National Parks, and we reaffirm our view that new developments are best judged on a case-by-case basis.
“It would be in nobody’s interest for Scotland to lose out on the important environmental, economic and social opportunities that are created by the onshore wind sector.”
The full Scottish Government National Planning Framework-3 (NPF) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) regulations can be viewed here: