Fife’s updated Wind Energy Planning Supplementary Guidance was approved by Fife’s Executive Committee on 18th June 2013.
Fife Council first produced Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) in 2008. In June 2011 an updated version of the Wind Energy SPG was approved by Fife’s then Planning Committee.
On 23 August 2012 the then Planning Committee agreed a report outlining the approach to be taken in reviewing the Council’s onshore wind energy policies, spatial strategy and guidance.
The consultation on onshore wind energy has been carried out in conjunction with Fife’s Local Development Plan in order to comply with Scottish Government requirements for onshore wind spatial strategies to form part of Local Development Plans.
Proposed amendments to the Council’s 2011 wind energy supplementary planning guidance were outlined in the Local Development Plan Main Issues Report and set out in more detail in supporting technical reports.
Ironside Farrar were commissioned by Fife Council to explore strategic landscape and visual cumulative impacts for onshore wind turbines and to identify remaining landscape capacity for further development (see list of publications below - titled 'IF Report' in 3 parts). This report also went out for consultation alongside the Main Issues Report.
Public consultation commenced on 14 January 2013 for an 8 week period, ending on 10 March 2013. Please see our Local Development Plan page for links to the consultation on the Main Issues Report and supporting documents.
Fife Council also has customer guidance on Renewable Energy providing details on solar, biomass, hydro and other renewable energy technologies. Guidance on Community Benefits from Renewable Energy Proposals is also available.
An interactive map identifying the locations of wind turbines across Fife can be accessed by clicking here.