Supplementary guidance - Wind energy
There is a widespread consensus on the need to move towards sustainability in energy provision. Renewable energy technologies are diverse and, therefore, have very different effects upon the local environment.
Which technologies offer the greatest potential?
In Perth and Kinross, the renewable energy technologies that offer the greatest potential, at least in the short term, in addition to the existing large-scale hydro schemes, are wind energy, small-scale hydro and the use of forest residues.
Modern wind energy technologies and developments offer opportunities in supporting and developing the economy of Perth and Kinross to our benefit. However, wind farms, especially on a large scale, may have significant local impacts on the environment. There is a need, therefore, to balance the benefits and disadvantages of wind energy development.
What is the purpose of the guidelines?
The purpose of the policy and guidance note [216Kb] is to enable the wind energy industry to expand, but not at the cost of the natural and built environment.
What does the guidance cover?
The detailed policy guidance covers the following -
landscape impacts; visual impacts; cumulative landscape and visual impacts; biodiversity; cumulative ornithological impacts; operational impacts; water resources; aviation interests; carbon sinks; decommissioning and re-instatement; and the protection of wind energy developments.
The guidelines provide -
- the objective for individual policy guidelines
- detailed guidance on the interpretation of the guidelines
- the design measures which would help mitigate the impact
- an indication of how proposals for either planning applications or S36 applications should be evaluated against the guidelines