New wind farm guidelines unveiled

An expected rise in the number of green energy developments heading to a Yorkshire district have prompted officials to draw up a set of guidelines.

East Riding is expected to become a popular spot for renewable energy due to its costal location and now the local authority has drafted potential rules for developers.

Among the issues which will need to be taken into consideration by those planning to build in the area are landscaping, biodiversity, radar systems, effects on heritage and the site's proximity to residential areas.

The council's forward planning manager Pete Ashcroft told that the document was not necessarily promoting renewable energy.

"We expect, as part of the national push for more renewable energy, to face a growing number of such applications," he said.

"The aim of the document is to set out the considerations the planning authority will need when renewable energy developments come forward.

"What we are trying to do is help those putting together applications to be clear about the considerations we will look at."

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