Onshore renewable energy developments - good practice principles for community benefits: consultation

Draft version, for the purposes of public consultation, of the Scottish Government's Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.

8 Glossary

Area of benefit

The geographical area that any community benefit package is targeted at.

Capacity building

Identifying barriers to development and enhancing abilities to allow individuals and groups to achieve sustainable results.


Community and Renewable Energy Scheme, funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Local Energy Scotland.

Community action plan

Document outlining the community’s priorities and the changes local people would like to see.

Community Benefit Scheme

A package of benefits that a renewable energy business may offer communities nearest their development. These are voluntary arrangements.

Community Council

The most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They bridge the gap between local authorities and communities.

Community of place

A community of people who are bound together because of where they reside, work, visit or otherwise spend a continuous portion of their time. Such a community can be a neighbourhood, town, coffeehouse, work place, gathering place, public space or any other geographically specific place that a number of people share, have in common or visit frequently.


A process undertaken to understand people’s views and opinions on a topic.


Activity or movement driven by a community.

In kind benefits

Non-cash benefits.

Legal agreement

A contract that is exchanges between two or more parties which is enforceable by law.


Megawatt: unit of power in which renewable energy installations are measured.

Memorandum of Understanding

Document describing an agreement between two or more parties. This document is not legally binding, but indicates an intended common line of action.

Consultation Question:

Question 1: Do you consider that the revised Good Practice Principles (GPPs) will ensure that communities continue to benefit from renewable projects in a manner that is appropriate for the current and future context in which projects are developed?

Question 2: The revised GPPs promotes a more flexible and evidence based approach to discussions about community benefit, with the focus on creating a lasting legacy? Do you agree with this approach?

Question 3: The revised GPPs will continue to promote community benefit of the value equivalent to £5,000 per MW, however at the same time recognising that some renewable energy businesses will seek to offer flexible packages of benefits for new developments. Do you agree with this approach? If so, can you provide further details of what might these flexible packages of benefit might look like?

Question 4: The revised GPPs now includes guidance on developing a community action plan? Is there any additional details that you consider should be included?

Question 5: Do you have any other views on the revised GPPs?


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