Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

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Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

9 Wind power and the communityLocal authorities are statutorily obliged to consult their communities on development proposals,nevertheless the following guidelines can be helpful:Box 7: Environment Council’s public consultation guidelinesPrinciples of Effective Public ConsultationThe Environment Council recommends that the following principles will help to ensure that publicconsultation is effective whatever form of engagement with the public is used.InclusivenessAll stakeholders should be encouraged to become involved. A particular effort should be made toinclude the unaffiliated, minorities, the marginalized and the ‘silent majority’.Transparency, Openness and ClarityAll stakeholders should receive all of the information they need. If information is lacking or thingsare uncertain they should be informed. It should be made clear what stakeholders can or cannotinfluence by contributing.IndependenceIn highly polarised or contentious situations a neutral convenor and independent facilitator should beused to gain the confidence of the stakeholders. It is not possible for a sponsoring organisation,whether the local authority or private company, to facilitate an independent process and any attemptto do so will arouse suspicions about the integrity of the process.CommitmentRespect for stakeholders is demonstrated by giving the public consultation process the priority andresources that it deserves.AccessibilityDifferent ways for people to become involved are important. The UK has a diverse multiculturalsociety and it is essential that people from all parts of the community are able to participate.AccountabilityAs soon as possible following the consultation period, participants should be contacted with anaccount of how and why their contributions have (or have not) influenced the outcome.ResourcingA good public consultation requires time and money, a lack of resources can undermineachievements.ProductivityThe aim of public consultation is to improve the outcome for all concerned. How the consultationprocess will achieve this should be made clear from the beginning to prevent any waste of time andresources.96 Wind Power in the UK sustainable development commission

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