The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced on the 18th November 2013 that any development of more than two turbines, or any single turbine over 15m high, will now need to undergo a pre-application consultation with the local community. The DCLG expects the new measure to come in force by the end of this year.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles explained the reasoning behind the change in policy: “From day one communities should be centre stage in crafting plans that affect their lives instead of having them forced upon them.
“Ensuring communities have a greater say at an early stage allows developers to consider much earlier whether to pursue a proposal and what changes they should consider before putting forward formal plans. Our changes allow people’s views and other impacts to be taken into consideration much earlier.”
At Community Energy Plus we welcome any move to put communities at the heart of renewable energy developments. We have years of experience, both in helping to establish projects instigated by local groups themselves and in consulting communities on behalf of commercial developers. We work to engage local people in the planning process and have established models which embed the financial benefits of energy generation within the locality.
Community Energy Plus offers a range of services to individuals, groups and developers looking to establish renewable energy projects in Cornwall. Our knowledgeable and experienced Community Energy Team can provide expert support to those looking to install wind turbines in light of last week’s announcement that consultation is to be made compulsory for virtually all wind projects.
Sustainable Energy Projects Manager Neil Farrington commented on the government proposals: “This change will mean all but the smallest domestic turbines will need to undergo a community consultation process. Individuals, groups and developers with aspirations to generate sustainable energy shouldn’t be put off by this. Our service offers simple, straightforward consultation processes which will increase understanding and engagement to help establish renewable energy projects supported by the community.”
As well as our community consultation procedures, including events and surveys, our Planning For Renewables services include:
- Pre-planning advice
- Landscape and ecology appraisals
- Planning applications
- Design and access statements
- Listed building and conservation area consents
- Environmental impact assessments
- Wind speed monitoring and database assessment
- Noise monitoring
- Contractor procurement and management
- Distribution Network Operator connection liaison
- Advice on financing micro scale renewables
- Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive registration
To find out more about the services and costs involved, please call 0800 954 1956.