Wind turbine appeal decisions: statistics

Weekly statistics for wind turbine appeal decisions.


This information does not include section 36 applications or wind turbine planning applications called-in by Scottish Ministers.

The following tables are updated each Tuesday. There were no new decisions to update on Tuesday 24 January 2023.

Appeal decisions by decision period

Decision period (financial years) Number decided (multiple turbine appeals) Number allowed (multiple turbine appeals) Percentage allowed (multiple turbine appeals) Number decided (single turbine appeals) Number allowed (single turbine appeals) Percentage allowed (single turbine appeals) Overall percentage allowed
2022-23 14 7 50% 0 0 0 50%
2021 - 22 9 7 78% 1 1 100% 80%
2020 - 21 6 2 33% 2 2 100% 50%
2019 - 20 11 5 45% 0 0 0% 45%
2018 - 19 19 11 58% 1 0 0% 55%
2017 - 18 12 7 58% 0 0 n/a 58%
2016 - 17 21 14 67% 7 5 71% 68%
2015 - 16 29 13 45% 32 21 66% 56%
2014 - 15 36 15 42% 30 20 67% 53%
2013 - 14 40 16 38% 59 25 42% 41%
2012 - 13 33 7 21% 43 15 35% 29%
2011 - 12 16 5 31% 7 1 14% 26%
2010 - 11 13 4 31% 2 1 50% 33%
2009 - 10 11 2 18% 10 1 10% 14%
2008 - 09 5 5 100% 6 2 33% 64%
2007 - 08 15 7 47% 3 2 67% 50%
2006 - 07 4 3 75% 1 0 0% 60%
2005 - 06 4 2 50% 2 2 100% 67%
2004 - 05 5 2 40% 0 0 n/a 40%
2003 - 04 1 0 0% 1 0 0% 0%
2002 - 03 1 1 100% 2 1 50% 67%
All to date 305 135 44% 209 99 47% 46%

Of the 493 wind turbine related planning appeals decided since May 2007, 270 (55%) were refused and 223 (45%) were allowed.

Appeal decisions by planning authority area

Planning authority Number decided (multiple turbine appeals) Number allowed (multiple turbine appeals) Percentage allowed (multiple turbine appeals) Number decided (single turbine appeals) Number allowed (single turbine appeals) Percentage allowed (single turbine appeals) Overall percentage allowed
Aberdeen City 0 n/a n/a 0 n/a n/a n/a
Aberdeenshire 38 14 37% 49 25 51% 45%
Angus 11 3 27% 2 1 50% 31%
Argyll and Bute 14 6 43% 8 2 25% 36%
Cairngorms 0 n/a n/a 0 n/a n/a n/a
City of Edinburgh 0 n/a n/a 0 n/a n/a n/a
Clackmannanshire 1 1 100% 1 1 100% 100%
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 1 1 100% 0 n/a n/a 100%
Dumfries and Galloway 41 20 49% 18 6 33% 44%
Dundee City 0 n/a n/a 0 n/a n/a n/a
East Ayrshire 21 9 43% 6 3 50% 46%
East Dunbartonshire 0 n/a n/a 1 1 100% 100%
East Lothian 2 1 50% 8 5 63% 60%
East Renfrewshire 3 1 33% 3 2 67% 50%
Falkirk 2 2 100% 4 2 50% 67%
Fife 18 6 33% 25 13 52% 44%
Glasgow City 0 n/a n/a 0 n/a n/a n/a
Highland 39 17 44% 5 2 40% 43%
Inverclyde 1 1 100% 3 3 100% 100%
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs 0 n/a n/a 0 n/a n/a n/a
Midlothian 4 1 25% 0 n/a n/a 25%
Moray 9 5 56% 13 7 54% 55%
North Ayrshire 5 2 40% 0 0 n/a 40%
North Lanarkshire 3 1 33% 6 2 33% 33%
Orkney Islands 5 4 80% 6 0 0% 36%
Perth and Kinross 22 9 41% 3 1 33% 40%
Renfrewshire 0 n/a n/a 0 n/a n/a n/a
Scottish Borders 26 11 42% 3 2 67% 46%
Shetland Islands 0 n/a n/a 0 n/a n/a n/a
South Ayrshire 13 7 54% 9 4 44% 50%
South Lanarkshire 17 7 41% 25 16 64% 55%
Stirling 4 2 50% 6 0 0% 20%
West Dunbartonshire 0 n/a n/a 0 n/a n/a n/a
West Lothian 5 4 80% 5 1 20% 50%
SCOTLAND 305 135 44% 209 99 47% 46%

More information

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Contact

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Email: DPEA@gov.scot

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