Considering time in land use planning: An assessment of end-of-life decision making for commercially managed onshore wind schemes
Dr Rebecca Windemer
(Cardiff University, School of Geography and Planning)
While most British wind farms have been granted a time-limited 25-year planning consent, often with promise of removal, instances of repowering and life-extension show that this duration often changes. This paper provides the first significant analysis of how sites are considered when they reach the end-of-life stage. It explores the extent to which UK wind energy capacity is nearing ‘end-of-life’ and examines how national governments are seeking to influence decisions about repowering, life-extension, temporary consents and decommissioning. It reveals government actions playing catch-up and intervening selectively, only partially shaping the multiplicity of potential outcomes and the challenges associated with decommissioning.
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Windemer, 2019. 'Considering time in land use planning: An assessment of end-of-life decision making for commercially managed onshore wind schemes'. Land Use Policy, 87