Wind farm guidelines look set to be beefed up

CHANGES to the guidelines Daventry District Council uses when assessing wind turbine applications could be made stronger.

The council’s strategy group agreed last Thursday to recommend updating their rules – currently technically only interim guidelines – following a public consultation, but ruled out for now a condition on how close turbines could be placed to homes.

The committee report pointed out noise rules effectively mean turbines must be 350 metres from houses, but some other planning authorities in England are trying to introduce minimum distances.

Advice from officers was to wait and see what happened in those authorities and assess any legal challenges before introducing them to Daventry district. The committee also backed it, including a section on wind turbines in the district’s new strategic plan – the Daventry District Settlements and Countryside Plan.

Doing so would increase the weight given to the rules when considering planning applications.