Onshore Wind EnergyProposals in the upcoming consultation would see planning permission for projects be dependent on the demonstration of local support

Onshore Wind

Consultation opened on local support for onshore wind

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced on 6 December its plans to consult on proposed changes to national planning policy on onshore wind development to examine how local communities can get involved.

The announcement stated that this will be a technical consultation to “explore how local authorities demonstrate local support and respond to views of their communities when considering onshore wind development in England”.

It added that decisions will continue to be made at the local level given that local representation would understand the area.

It said that proposals in the upcoming consultation would see planning permission for projects be dependent on the
demonstration of local support.

It also stated that local authorities would also have to demonstrate their support for certain areas as being suitable for onshore wind, moving away from requirements for sites to be designated in local plans.

It stated that the consultation would also seek views on developing local partnerships for supportive communities,
allowing those that build new onshore wind infrastructure to benefit from doing so, such as through lower energy bills.

It added that changes in 201 “that made local councils responsible for onshore wind applications, instead of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regime, will remain in place”.

On 22 December, a consultation on Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: reforms to national planning policy was opened, including proposed changes to planning policy for onshore wind to deliver a more localist approach. Responses are requested by 2 March 2023.


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