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(SG) Supplementary Guidance : Renewables and Low Carbon Energy Development (excluding wind energy)

NB: This consultation is closed.

It was agreed at a meeting of the Development and Transport Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel on 1 December 2020 to consult on new Planning Guidance 'Renewables & Low Carbon Energy Development (excluding wind energy)'.

This guidance has been prepared to help manage the process of transitioning to more renewable and low carbon energy generation as a means of mitigating the detrimental social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change and helping the Scottish Government achieve its renewable energy targets. It is also a constructive and timely response by the council to the 'climate emergency' declaration.

Supplementary Guidance (SG) is produced by the council in order to explain how particular development plan policies should be applied in practice. In particular this SG supports policies NRG 1 (Climate Change and Sustainability), NRG 1a (Low and Zero Carbon Generating Technology) and NRG 4 (Other Renewable Energy Technologies). Collectively, these policies seek to encourage renewable energy development but always in circumstances where any potentially negative impacts can be satisfactorily addressed.

When approved the guidance will be a material consideration which the council will have regard to when it considers applications for planning permission for proposals allied to renewables and low carbon energy development although as individual site characteristics must also be considered, and each case is different, compliance with the guidance will not in itself guarantee that planning permission would be granted.