Focus on turbine policies

Cllr Alex Rowley
Cllr Alex Rowley

A REVIEW of onshore wind energy policies in Fife is under way and plans to engage with the local communities.

A public consultation will start on January 14 for an eight-week period, ending on March 10.

The consultation on onshore wind will be carried out in conjunction with the local development plan main issues report, in order to maximise participation and comply with government requirements for onshore wind spatial strategies.

It will also allow dialogue on onshore wind energy issues to be explored in the context of wider development planning issues.

Councillor Alex Rowley, leader of Fife Council said: “Concerns relating to wind turbines have developed as a national issue in recent years, largely focused on the cumulative and landscape impacts of development.

“In response to this, the council has committed itself to reviewing its spatial strategy, policies and guidance for onshore wind turbines.

“Land-based turbines must be located in the right places in order to prevent unacceptable impacts to our most important landscapes and to our communities.”

Following public consultation on the proposed changes, the council will update its wind energy guidance accordingly in mid-2013.