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PE01469: Neighbour notification distances for wind turbine applications

Housing Planning

Petitioner: Aileen Jackson

Status:
Closed

Date Lodged: 18 March 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to consider a change in planning regulations to enable an increase in the current neighbour notification distance of 20 metres in relation to wind turbine planning applications.

Petition History:

Petition Annexes:

Summary:

16 April 2013: The Committee took evidence from Aileen Jackson and Graham Lang, Chairman, Scotland Against Spin. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and COSLA. Link to Official Report 16 April 2013 (472KB pdf)

25 June 2013: The Committee agreed to defer further consideration of the petition until the autumn pending an update from the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 25 June 2013 (499KB pdf)

10 December 2013: The Committee agreed to refer the petition, under Rule 15.6.2, to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee for consideration as part of its forthcoming work programme on the draft National Planning Framework 3 and review of Scottish Planning Policy. The Committee also agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 10 December 2013 (425KB pdf)

29 January 2014: The Local Government and Regeneration Committee considered and noted the petition PE1469 by Aileen Jackson calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to consider a change in planning regulations to enable an increase in the current neighbour notification distance of 20 metres in relation to wind turbine planning applications. Link to Official Report 29 January 2014 (455KB pdf)

20 August 2014: The Local Government and Regeneration Committee considered PE1469 by Aileen Jackson, on Neighbour notification distances for wind turbine applications. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government acknowledging the actions it has taken on this petition and requesting that the Government ensures that the Petitioner is specifically consulted on the proposed draft guidance to be issued by the Government, and that any views she expresses are taken into account by the Government before it finalises such guidance. The Committee also agreed that a copy of the finalised guidance should be provided directly to the Petitioner, and that the Committee should be notified of this by the Government, when the guidance is published in spring 2015. Furthermore, the Committee requested that the Government ensures that the finalised guidance is properly publicised and brought to the attention of all planning authorities in Scotland, as well as all those making applications for the development of onshore wind farms, and any other relevant persons or organisations whom the Scottish Government considers it appropriate to notify. The Committee agreed to close PE1469 with immediate effect. 

Written Submissions:

Current planning legislation descriminates against residents in rural areas, particularly the elderly who are less mobile and/or less likely to have internet access. 

Everyone has the right to be made aware of and voice their opinion on a development which may have a significant adverse effect on their quality of life.

The way the Scottish Government is railroading through their green energy policy (i.e. wind farms) is destroying Scotlands landscapes and will not meet the country's energy needs, a more balanced approach is needed for energy generation. The current neighbour notification distance for wind turbines needs to be increased substantially to enable locals to be informed of proposed schemes and give them the chance to object if they want to.

Brian Orme

14:06 on 11 Mar 2013

20 METRES IS NOT A REASONABLE DISTANCE.

IAN ROBERT ALEXANDER

20:54 on 10 Mar 2013

I support Emma Stewart's sensible suggestion.

Edward Baxter

18:27 on 10 Mar 2013

Wind turbines are appearing all over the country and are making many peoples lives a misery. How long is it going to be before the Scottish Government realise they are destroying our countryside and peoples lives?

Susan Howard

17:53 on 10 Mar 2013

I object to wind turbines being placed within our area.

Margaret Kelly

8:45 on 10 Mar 2013

in scotland, its all about alec salmonds ego. turbines cause utter misery to many, and the fiscal model does not stand scrutiny.

douglas taylor

21:17 on 09 Mar 2013

I am a neighbour that has not been notified about a proposed wind farm as our property is out with the 20m limit,although the proposed wind farm will have a direct effect on our quality of life, noise pollution, visual impact and shadow flicker. We only found out because someone in another part of the town told us.

lily Findlay

23:47 on 08 Mar 2013

Proper public consultation should be mandatory of all wind turbine applications or a minimum 2km from property recommendation made mandatory!

Kenneth Hood

23:00 on 28 Feb 2013

I think neighbout notification should also be given if your boundary abuts the land boundary that the wind turbine site is located on regardless of the distance from the actual turbine(s) site.

Emma Stewart

12:09 on 27 Feb 2013

The present neighbour notification process is grossly unfair on country dwellers and those on the edge of communities who need to know about applications that would impact on their amenity but only find out when the development is permitted and commenced

Marion Lang

18:53 on 25 Feb 2013

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