There was a significant rise in the number of wind generation appeals in 2014. Whether this was the result of more refusals by LPA’s following the Government’s advice in the DCLG Renewable and Low Carbon Energy policy (which was originally published in July 2013 and subsequently placed in chapter 33 of the Planning Practice Guidance in March 2014) or because there was a significant rise in applications, it is hard to say. Whatever the reason, the wind energy industry certainly kept Planning Inspectors (and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) busy during 2014.
The breakdown of wind generation appeals in 2014 was as follows:
- Single turbine schemes made up 75% of the appeals in 2014;
- Schemes of two turbines making up just 8%; and
- Schemes of three turbines or more responsible for the remaining 17%.
The overall approval rate for wind generation appeals in 2014 was approx. 38%. So not a great success rate, but with the Secretary of State recovering appeals and disagreeing with the Inspector recommendations all too often, the success rate was always going to be on the low side.
Those in the industry will be awaiting the result of the forthcoming election with baited breath. It will be interesting to see what stance any new Government will take on renewable energy, especially wind. Surely something has to change?
We will be keeping an eye on wind generation appeal decisions each month and providing you with regular updates. Hopefully 2015 will prove to be more successful that 2014.