§ Sir George Young
A draft planning guidance note, with an accompanying draft annex on wind energy, is being issued for public consultation today. Copies have been placed in the Library.
The draft guidance describes the different forms of renewable energy and explains the part they might play in tackling greenhouse gas emissions; explains Government policy on renewable energy installations, including the non-fossil fuel obligation; outlines the relevant environmental protection legislation; shows how local planning authorities can include renewable energy policies in development plans and advises them to consider what contribution their area may make; sets out the considerations which should apply when renewable energy installations are proposed in designated areas; explains when environmental assessment may be required; and notes the environmental implications of such installations.
The draft annex gives authorities detailed information about the technology of wind energy and its planning implications. Information is also given on how to assess the environmental aspects of wind powered developments. Further annexes on other forms of renewable energy are in preparation and will be issued in due course.
This new draft guidance demonstrates the Government's commitment to renewable energy and to tackling global warming, whilst continuing to recognise the fundamental importance of its policies to protect the landscape and wildlife.