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Energy target achievable but Government needs to be still clearer about potential locations of renewables

23 November 2012

Following the publication of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee's report into the achievability of the Scottish Government's renewable energy targets, the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland, which represents professional planners in Scotland, urged the Government to be clearer about where it thinks renewables should be located.

Bob ReidConvenor of RTPI Scotland Bob Reid (pictured) said: "Renewables have a significant contribution to make in meeting the country's energy needs, but they need to be well located in order to maximise their energy generating potential and to minimise impact upon communities, the environment, and our world class tourism and heritage offer. The benefits of such spatial planning are clear and we urge the Government to address the pressing need for greater clarity and direction."  

"Doing this would give greater certainty to investors and reassure communities about the impact. The third National Planning Framework, which is being worked on now, presents the ideal opportunity to do this and I know that the Scottish Forum for Planning would welcome the opportunity to contribute to this process."

RTPI Scotland provided evidence to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee's investigation on the achievability of the Scottish Government's renewable energy targets. The final report contains a number of extremely welcome recommendations, including its acknowledgement of the important role planning system play in achieving the renewable targets, and recognition of the need to resource the planning service to cope with demand.