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

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

12 The process of wind farm developmentPlanning Consent StageEngland, Scotland & WalesNorthern IrelandNOProject over 50 MW?YESAll ProjectsLocal planning decisionsFor projects under 50 MW,the local planning authority(LPA) will handle theplanning application for awind power development.For larger projects, this willbe accompanied by anEnvironmental Statement(ES). A decision must begiven in eight weeks, orsixteen for projectsaccompanied by an ES.This stage includes a periodof statutory consultation,and members of thecommunity are also able tomake representations oncethe application is put beforethe planning committee,who make the final decision.YESDecisionNOProject ‘called in’At any point in the processabove, the Secretary of Statewith responsibility for localgovernment and planningissues (for projects inEngland, Wales and NorthernIreland), or the ScottishExecutive (for projects inScotland) can ‘call intheplanning application to bedecided nationally. This willautomatically require a localpublic inquiry to take place.Planning appealAppeal will be heard by therelevant national body:England & Wales - thePlanning InspectorateScotland - Scottish ExecutiveInquiry Reporters UnitNorthern Ireland - NorthernIreland Planning AppealsCommissionThe planning inspectoratecan decide to either hear thecase through written orinformal evidence, or requesta local public inquiry.DecisionNational consent decisionsEnergy projects above 50MW in Great Britain areautomatically referred to therelevant national authorityfor a decision under Section36 of the Electricity Act1989. The Department ofTrade and Industry dealswith projects in England andWales and the ScottishExecutive with those inScotland.YESNOConsent and planningAll wind developmentsrequire planning permissionfrom the Department ofEnvironment, and underarticle 39 of the Electricity(NI) Order 1992, all energyprojects over 10 MW mustalso obtain consent from theDepartment of Enterprise,Trade and Investment.NODecisionYESYESDecisionNOPROJECT REJECTEDDeveloper mustreconsider proposaland/or find a newsiteProceed to Implementation Stagesustainable development commissionWind Power in the UK 111

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