This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Location of Commercial Wind Turbines'.

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Contact: 
David Walker 
Town Hall, St Nicholas Street 
 
Tel: 
(01723) 383504 
Scarborough  
 
Fax: 
0870 191 3997 
YO11 2HG 
 e-mail: 
David.Walker 
Head of Regeneration & Planning 
 
@scarborough.gov.uk 
Services: Ms Pauline Elliott 
Web site: 
www.scarborough.gov.uk 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Your Ref 
 
Our Ref 
FOIA1875/DW 
 
10 February 2012 
 
Dear Mr Hey, 
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 – FOIA1875 
 
Thank you for your recent request which has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 
2000 (FOIA). You requested the following information: 
 
  Copies of any maps or documentation, Draft or Final, showing where Scarborough Borough 
Council is recommending that Commercial Wind Turbines are installed, to meet its current 
targets. 
  Any communication that has been supplied to Banks Renewables regarding pre discussion 
talks on the location of Wind Turbines in the Borough. 
 
Pre-application discussions are confidential in nature, so the specifics of conversations that have 
taken place cannot be disclosed. However, the Borough Council wishes to make it clear that it has 
never actively suggested any areas for the development of wind turbines, either through the 
development management or plan making process. To date, the Council has only made reference 
to publicly available studies that were undertaken at the regional (Yorkshire and the Humber) and 
sub-regional level (North Yorkshire County). Information relevant to this FOI request is provided 
below. 
 
In 2005, Land Use Consultants and the National Energy Foundation were commissioned by a 
partnership of local authorities in North Yorkshire1 to undertake a sub-regional renewable energy 
study. The study, entitled ‘Delivering Sustainable Energy in North Yorkshire’2, consisted of the 
following four interrelated elements: 
 
1. 
"Review of the technical constraints and opportunities for renewable energy development in 
North Yorkshire. 

2. 
Preparation of planning guidance on sustainable energy for local planning authorities. 
3. 
Assessment of the sensitivity of the landscape to accommodate renewable energy 
developments. 

4. 
Preparation of guidance for local authorities on delivering renewable energy as part of their 
corporate strategies.” 

 
 
 
 
                                                           
1 comprising North Yorkshire County Council, District Councils, National Park Authorities, City of York Council, 
the Regional Assembly and the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber 
2 A copy of the study can be found on North Yorkshire County Council’s ‘carbon management’ webpage at: 
http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3097 
 

link to page 2 link to page 2 A series of maps were produced to support the assessment of landscape sensitivity (element 3).  
These maps identified areas where the landscape would be less sensitive to the development of 
wind turbines. However, they do not indicate that development in these areas is acceptable, or 
make recommendations to that end. Within the Borough of Scarborough the following areas were 
identified as being less sensitive to wind energy development: 
 
  North of Scarborough: Medium Sensitivity 
  Cayton Bay to Filey: Medium to Low Sensitivity 
  South of Hunmanby: Medium to Low Sensitivity 
 
It should be noted that as the study was undertaken at a desktop level there are limitations to the 
assessment and as such, a more detailed assessment of landscape impact would be required to 
support any planning application; the planning authority cannot use these maps to assess localised 
impact. This is recognised within the study, which states in paragraph 5.8 that: 
 
“… the landscape sensitivity study cannot be prescriptive at a site level, it is intended to provide 
broad guidance on the relative sensitivity of different areas of North Yorkshire. It cannot be used to 
indicate whether a specific development site is suitable or not. For specific developments a site 
based landscape character assessment would need to be undertaken, and guidance is provided in 
Chapter 6 on the key criteria that should be considered when carrying out such an assessment.” 
 
More recently, in 2011 AECOM were commissioned by Local Government Yorkshire and Humber to 
undertake an assessment of the resource for low carbon and renewable energy generation across 
the Yorkshire and Humber region. This study3 included an assessment of the potential capacity for 
wind energy generation using a methodology issued by the government department for Energy and 
Climate Change (DECC) in January 20104. Using this methodology, no areas within Scarborough 
Borough were shown to be ‘practically viable’ for wind energy development. It should be 
emphasised that although the Energy Opportunities Plans provide an overview of potentially 
feasible technologies and systems within an area, they do not prevent developers from coming 
forward and demonstrating the feasibility of sites with more up to date and site specific information. 
It is highlighted within the study that the information presented is appropriate for a strategic regional 
study, it is not a sufficient basis for planning decisions about individual renewable energy proposals. 
 
These studies form a key part of the evidence base for the planning authority’s new development 
plan for the Borough (Local Plan replacement) and are being used to inform the production of new 
planning policies relating to renewable energy. Nevertheless, the Council has been clear throughout 
the various stages of plan preparation that the development plan should not prescribe where the 
development of renewable energy technologies should take place or indeed what technologies 
should be utilised. This was reflected in the Council’s Core Strategy Preferred Options DPD 
(November 2009), which in direct reference to the renewable energy study, stated in paragraph 
10.19 that: 
 
“Although regard is given to the findings of this report, the Core Strategy does not prescribe the 
technologies to be used to reduce CO2 emissions.  This approach ensures that whatever available 
technologies are available and economically viable at the time can be used to cut CO2 emissions.” 
 
In shaping the policy approach in the coming months, consideration will need to be given to the 
latest Government guidance to assess whether the above approach remains appropriate.  However, 
in the context of climate change and the need to reduce carbon emissions, the Borough Council has 
to take a favourable approach to planning for the development of renewable technologies; as 
required by Planning Policy Statement 1 (PPS1): Delivering Sustainable Development and PPS22: 
Renewable Energy. This approach is also reflected in the draft National Planning Policy Framework, 
which states that local planning authorities should: 
 
 
                                                           
3   ‘Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Capacity in Yorkshire and Humber’, available at: 
http://www.yourclimate.org/pages/low-carbon-renewable-energy-capacity-yh 
4 “Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Capacity Methodology for the English Regions” 


  Consider identifying (within the development plan) areas suitable for renewable and low-
carbon energy sources, and supporting infrastructure, where this will help secure 
development of Renewable and Low Carbon Energy. 
  Where proposals come forward outside of these areas, develop frameworks to determine 
planning decisions based on the criteria used to identify suitable areas.   
  Place an emphasis on developers to demonstrate that an alternative location meets with the 
criteria used in plan-making. 
 
Therefore, at the least, the Council will be required to develop a decision making framework for the 
development of renewable energy technologies, including wind turbines. 
 
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a 
complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to David Kitson, Senior Solicitor, 
Legal and Support Services, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 
2HG or email xxxxx.xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx
 
 
If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information 
Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner’s Office cannot make a 
decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Scarborough Borough 
Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s 
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 01625 545745 Fax: 01625 
524510 Web: www.ico.gov.uk
 
 
Yours sincerely 
 
 
 
 
Mr D. J. Walker 
Forward Planning Manager 
 

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