Wind Turbine Applications: Additional Resources for Planning Authorities – Assessment – October 2012

Assessment of bids
Additional Resources for Planning Authorities – Assessment – October 2012

In June 2012 Scottish Ministers recognised that some authorities were dealing with a significant number of applications for wind turbines which was placing a burden on the local planning system.

Following engagement with COSLA and Heads of Planning Scotland, officials invited bids from planning authorities for additional funds to assist them in dealing with wind turbine planning applications.

Two key tests were established to assist in allocating funds:

  • will the proposal assist with determining planning applications for wind turbine developments?;
  • has the authority provided convincing evidence that it is amongst those with the greatest need?

Bids were initially given a strength ranking of 1, 2, or 3 where those ranked 1 did not meet the key tests well, compared to those ranked 3.  Those ranked 3 were also considered to have a sense of immediacy.  Inevitably some bids when compared to others would meet the tests more or less well.  Ultimately only 16 bids were received, which suggested that only those authorities considering themselves under greatest pressure had prepared bids. 

Following the publication of the analysis of bids in February 2013 it became apparent that Moray Council had not received adequate notice of the bidding exercise.  The bid from Moray is consistent with other bids which were awarded funds and as an exceptional case additional funds have been identified to support their bid.  As per the other bids, funds will be made available through the Local Government Settlement

Initially £0.3 million had been identified, but given the number of bids received it has been possible to identify funding for all of them.  The funding was announced in December 2012.  A summary of the assessment of the bids received and funding allocated follows. 
 

Assessment Summary Table

Authority
2012 applications as a % of previous 5 years applications
Relative Bid strength
3 – Meets the tests well,
2 – Meets the tests acceptably,
1 – does not meet the tests well
Bid Amount  £
Award Amount £

Aberdeenshire

 

34

3

75,000

75,000

Angus

 

23

1

75,000

75,000

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar

47

3

62,100

63,000

Dumfries and Galloway

 

19

2

60,000

60,000

East Ayrshire

 

58

3

55,000

55,000

Fife

 

33

1

20,000

20,000

Highland

 

46

2

15,000

15,000

Highland and Argyll and Bute

38

2

50,000

50,000

Joint Ayrshire

 

44

2

15,500

16,000

Moray

 

22 3 51,960 52,000

North Ayrshire

 

34

1

800

1000

North Lanarkshire

 

72

2

5,000

5,000

Orkney

 

85

3

50,000

50,000

Scottish Borders

 

28

2

75,000/65,791.44

66,000

South Ayrshire

 

39

3

30,000

30,000

South Lanarkshire

 

44

2

70,000

70,000

West Lothian

 

27

3

21,229.20

22,000

Total

722,380.64

725,000