Proposal To Raise the Section 36 Consent Threshold for Onshore Hydro Schemes: A Consultation Paper

DescriptionThe consultation welcomes views on proposals to transfer the determination of all onshore hydro scheme applications of 50 MW or less to Planning Authorities. The move would bring Scotland in line with England and Wales and seeks to encourage developers to size their scheme appropriately. It would also allow planning authorities to recover more of their cost from application fees than they are currently able to.
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Official Print Publication DateSeptember 2010
Website Publication DateSeptember 08, 2010

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ISBN 978 0 7559 9608 7 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 10645

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Contents

Ministerial Foreword

The Scottish Government Consultation Process

1. RATIONALE

2. INTRODUCTION
2.1. Background
2.2. Next Steps

3. PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE & GUIDANCE CHANGES
3.1. Change to the Threshold
3.2. Planning Considerations
3.3. Planning Permission in Principle applications
3.4. Electricity Works EIA Regulations

4. PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR DEVELOPERS
4.1. Current low MW threshold
4.2. Intentional Sizing
4.3. Threshold alignment
4.4. Fees
4.5. Application Requirements
4.6. Transitional application arrangements
4.7. New planning guidance
4.8. Controlled Activities Regulation ( CAR) licence

5. APPLICATION AND APPEALS PROCESS
5.1. Potential Impacts within Planning Authorities
5.2. Role of Scottish Government
5.3. Planning Performance

6. CONSULTATION QUESTIONS

7. REFERENCES

8. HOW TO RESPOND
8.1. Responding to this consultation paper
8.2. Handling your response
8.3. Publishing responses
8.4. What happens next?
8.5. Comments and complaints

9. RESPONDENT INFORMATION FORM

10. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES QUESTIONNAIRE

Annex A - Legal Background

Annex B - Organisations to whom this consultation has been sent

Annex C - Partial Equality Impact Assessment

Annex D - Partial Business Regulatory Impact Assessment