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Installing a new wind turbine requires planning permission, the type of which is dependent on the size and location of the installation and whether the turbine is ground based or rooftop mounted.

It is likely that the planning requirements will soon change for certain types of technologies under the new GPDO (General Permitted Development Order), allowing some renewable technologies to be installed without the need for full planning permission, but until such a time, the following applies.

Current national planning policy guidance on renewable energy is set out in PPS22: Renewable Energy. It encourages planning policies at regional and local levels to provide a positive framework for renewable energy solutions. Local planning authorities are expected to contribute to regional targets and policies and guidelines in the local development documents should reflect this.

The first step in considering the installation of a wind turbine is to assess the suitability of the site and pick the best location to maximise the potential energy yield. Once the site has been through a desktop wind assessment and if required, on site monitoring, and the preferred location for the turbine(s) has been identified, the next step is to obtain planning permission from the Local Planning Authority.

It is up to each Local Authority to decide what information you need to provide with your application so it may be helpful to contact your authority before applying to discuss their specific requirements but it is likely that you will need to supply existing and proposed plans and elevations, a design and access statement and a visual representation.

You may also be asked for further supporting information on subjects such as general design; visual appearance; noise; fit for purpose; nature conservation; noise; shadow flicker; radar and interference.

For quietrevolution turbines we have freely available documents that discuss these subjects in detail and these can be downloaded from our website and submitted to local authorities as part of the planning process.

Alternatively we can collate the details for the application for you as part of our managed service offering to take away the hassle of dealing with the planning process.

Whatever your choice, if installing a wind turbine, we recommend that you read the quietrevolution Planning Pack, which has a very helpful flowchart describing the planning process and the likely timescales.

Interested and want to find out more?

Contact us to discuss.

Download the Planning Pack for information and advice: download (PDF: 2.4MB)

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UK wind energy

The UK has the largest wind resource of any country in Europe, making it the ideal choice for a renewable source of energy.

UK wind distribution

A traditional horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT) has to rotate to track wind.

Traditional HAWT design

A vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) collects wind from all directions without tracking.

New VAWT design

This type of wind turbine is ideally suited to the built environment with their small footprint and quiet operation.