Lake District National Park planners are reviewing their policy on windfarm site developments in view of growing public awareness and changes in legislation.
People in the Lake District are to be asked what they think about new planning guidance, aimed at identifying locations that could be suitable for future windfarm developments.
The Lake District National Park Authority yesterday agreed to support other planning authorities in consulting with the public over the Cumbria Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Document.
While the document will not specifically identify chosen sites for windfarm schemes, it will detail what could be acceptable in terms of capacity and scale.
A report from community development planner Katrina Rice explained that Cumbria currently has an existing planning guidance statement which works well, but which now needs updating to provide further guidance in view of the growing public interest in renewable energy such as wind power.
“This document has been well used over the last nine years. However, changes in planning legislation, together with a rise in public awareness of wind energy development, make it appropriate to review the details,” the report said.
Ms Rice said the new planning guidelines will provide guidance for developers on the landscape capacity to accommodate wind energy schemes.
By Ross Brewster
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