Wind turbine and planning

Wind turbine and planning

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In Highland Councils Sutherland Region a planning application has been submitted for the building of a house on a piece of land that is at least 10km from the nearest electrical power distribution network. The application does not give any details of how the house is to be powered. It is my belief that the applicant is likely to use a combination of local to the house renewable energy and/or diesel generation ( I intend asking).

There are no neighbours within 10km or any other buildings.

However, what I am concerned about is the possibility of the use of wind power.

If the applicant should decide to erect a wind turbine what constraints (if any) would there be on the rating and height of the turbine and when would (if at all) a planning application have to be made for such a turbine?

I hope that I have made it clear what I am driving at?

Thank you, Martin Ashdown

Question Posted By – martin ashdown In Area – North West Scotland
This question has been asked in a Scottish region any response below will be specific to Scottish Planning Permission or Building Regulation advice.

  1. Do I Need PermissionDo I Need Permission03-13-2018

    Hi Martin.

    If this was an existing property there are permitted development rights that allow house holders to put in a wind turbine as long as it meets certain criteria.

    Only one wind turbine is installed within the property boundary.
    The wind turbine is sited at least 100 metres from a neighbours boundary.
    The wind turbine does not generate more than 50 kilowatts.
    Your property is NOT in a conservation area.
    The wind turbine is NOT within the ground of a listed building.

    This only applies where there is an existing property therefore any proposal for a wind turbine, solar panels etc… should be included in the application as it would have a visual impact.

    A 50kw wind turbine is generally quite small in comparison to the large commercial ones you see although it would depend on its location if this would effect you.

    Thanks for using Do I Need Permission.

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