Public engagement for sub-20MW wind turbine proposals – good practice guidance

Good practice guidance for local authorities, developers, landowners, community representatives and other relevant stakeholders on public engagement for wind turbine proposals; principally below 20MW generating capacity.


Effective engagement with the public can lead to better plans, better decisions and more satisfactory outcomes. It can also help avoid delays in the planning process. The Scottish Government expects local authorities and developers to aspire to the highest standards in public engagement.

This guidance encourages meaningful public engagement in the context of wind energy development proposals.

No single approach would be effective in all circumstances. However, good practice can provide quality solutions to development proposals, to help ensure that those affected by development can be fully notified and involved. Any approach to engagement in planning should be tailored to each particular situation, to reflect local contexts and community needs.


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