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Onshore wind energy

We support well-designed onshore wind farm development sited in the right locations.

We support a plan led approach to onshore wind farm development.  We have developed guidance to support planning authorities to deliver this: Spatial Planning for Onshore Wind Turbines – natural heritage considerations.

Our pre-application/scoping advice outlines the survey and assessment work that developers need to undertake to support a wind farm planning application. It provides links to guidance explaining how to do this and the ways that a proposal can minimise impacts on nature.

All of our standing advice and guidance for planners and developers is listed.

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