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SNH sets new wind farm rules

Watchdog issues revised guidance on siting and designing wind farms

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Scottish Natural Heritage has produced revised guidance on siting and designing wind farms in the landscape.

The guidance, released at the All Energy conference in Aberdeen, sets out key principles for siting wind farms in the landscape and provides advice on minimising impacts through good design.

It seeks to provide an early steer to developers on the design issues they should consider and promote a consistent approach to assessing proposals.

The guidance contains new advice on turbine colour and uses clearer and more explanatory images to illustrate the design principles.

The text has also been simplified, “following experience of using the guidance at public inquiries and advice SNH has provided relating to wind farms across Scotland”.

The new document replaces the 2009 version and is “intended to maximise the scope for wind farm development by encouraging the right wind farm in the right location”.

SNH added that the aim of the new guidance is to “reduce cumulative effects by making sure that wind farms relate well to one another and that our most important landscapes are protected”.

SNH policy manager for renewables Brendan Turvey said: “We want to see wind farms which are well designed in the right locations.  This guidance sets out the key principles to achieve this.

“Experience has shown that good design can make a significant difference to the overall landscape and visual impact. As more wind farms are developed in Scotland it is important that new sites are well designed to minimise cumulative effects on our landscapes.”

Image: the new guidance replaces the first version released in 2009 (sxc)

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