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

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

Executive Summaryall the potential disadvantages so these can beproperly mitigated. Not all sites will beappropriate for wind developments, anddesignated areas should continue to receive ahigh level of protection.Community engagementA key factor in a successful wind development isthe involvement of the local community at allstages. This will ensure that the community isinvolved in exploring ways of mitigating anypotential environmental or social impacts – suchas overcoming any effects on TV transmission.Communities often perceive noise from turbinesto be a potential problem, but the noise fromthe moving parts has reduced substantially asthe technology has advanced, and communitiesoften find that noise is not a problem.Planning procedureThe planning policy environment and consentsprocedure need to continue to improve toenable renewable energy development.There will continue to be barriers to somedevelopments because of their impact on radarand aircraft radio navigation systems, but thiscan be resolved in the pre-planning stage. TheUK has some of the strictest policies in place toprotect against interference of radar andaviation, and these must be justified.The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC)hopes that this report will be used to ensurethat good practice is followed when new windpower developments are being considered andcalls on all stakeholders to play their full part toensure that the benefits of renewable energyare realised through careful design andconsultation.SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONMAY 2005sustainable development commissionWind Power in the UK iii

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