Renewable Energy

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 13th June 2007.

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Photo of John Lamont John Lamont Conservative

Question S3W-513

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support local communities that object to the building of new wind farm developments in the Scottish Borders.

Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party

Applications to develop wind farms will be considered on their merits, taking into account all material considerations, including those put forward by local communities. Where an application is made under planning legislation for a development with less than 50MW generating capacity, the decision will be in the first instance for the planning authority. It may then be notified or, if refused, appealed to the Scottish ministers. Applications for developments with generating capacity greater than 50MW are made directly to Scottish ministers, under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. Given their role in these decision-making processes, ministers can not comment in advance on any application which may come before them for determination.

Views of the public and local communities, where based on relevant planning matters, will be material considerations that should be taken into account when considering proposals.

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