Wind energy guidance
In the response it stated that it was comfortable with the definition of landscape character, in particular the point about the consistent pattern of elements in the landscape making one landscape different from another, rather than better or worse. Key to understanding is the recognition of difference, with change being neither better or worse. Similarly, it was pleased to note that Natural England shows a clear and balanced understanding of the nature of responses to the effects of wind energy development. There is the recognition that public perception ranges from characterising them as intrusive industrial development to regarding their structural form as enhancing the visual appearance. However, the committee expressed its strong concerns over the document being too deterministic with the tem ‘will’ being used instead of ‘may’. The committee believes that if ‘will’ is used in such strong terms, it needs to be backed with robust evidence.
It is keen to point out that this document will be subject to detailed scrutiny at public inquiry and that those using it, especially our members, need to be sure that the underpinning material on which the various statements made in the document are credible and can be properly justified. The full response can be found here.
The guidance will be of great interest to LI members specializing in wind energy.