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Scottish Planning Policy SPP 6: Renewable Energy: Consultation Draft

DescriptionSets out the national planning policies for renewable energy developments that planning authorities should consider when preparing development plans and when determining planning applications.
ISBN0 7559 6162 5
Official Print Publication DateJuly 2006
Website Publication DateJuly 10, 2006


ISBN 0 7559 6162 5
ISSN 1741 1203
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Covering Letter

Supporting Renewable Energy
Sustainable Development
Modernising Planning
SPP Principles
Site selection
Local communities and renewable energy
Economic benefits
Spatial Policies
Locational Considerations for Wind Farms
Natural heritage
Historic environment
Green Belts
Tourism and recreational interests
Aviation and defence interests
Cumulative impacts
Wind resource
Electricity Grid
Other Technologies
Local Contributions
Consultation on local contributions
Development Planning
Development Management
Pre-application considerations
Environmental, social and economic benefits
Grid connection
Considering applications

Annex A National and International Natural Heritage Areas
Annex B Key Ofgem Approved Grid Updates

Planning Series:

  • Scottish Planning Policies ( SPPs) provide statements of Scottish Executive policy on nationally important land use and other planning matters, supported where appropriate by a locational framework.
  • Circulars, which also provide statements of Scottish Executive policy, contain guidance on policy implementation through legislative or procedural change.
  • Planning Advice Notes ( PANs) provide advice on good practice and other relevant information.

Statements of Scottish Executive policy contained in SPPs and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plan preparation and development management.

Existing National Planning Policy Guidelines ( NPPGs) have continued relevance to decision making, until such time as they are replaced by a SPP. The term SPP should be interpreted as including NPPGs.

Statements of Scottish Executive location-specific planning policy, for example the West Edinburgh Planning Framework, have the same status in decision making as SPPs.

The National Planning Framework sets out the strategy for Scotland's long-term spatial development. It has the same status as SPPs and provides a national context for development plans and planning decisions and the ongoing programmes of the Scottish Executive, public agencies and local government.

Important note: in the interests of brevity and conciseness, Scottish Planning Policies do not repeat policy across thematic boundaries. Each SPP takes account of the general policy in SPP1 and highlights the other SPPs where links to other related policy will be found. The whole series of SPPs should be taken as an integral policy suite and read together.