Unbelievable as it may be a 14 turbine wind farm in Northern Ireland paid £96,238 for a Planning application, whereas up to 100MW 33 turbine Section 36 wind farm in Scotland can only be charged £18k. Maximum for an over 500MW (166 turbine) wind farm would only be £60,000.These developers are spending shedloads on consultants, millions on infrastructure and turbines, making hundreds of millions in profit and thanks to Mr. Salmond paying peanuts for Planning. SG has given councils £750,000 of our money. Mr. Salmond and his SNP cohorts don’t use their own money and it’s not from the magic bank. It belongs to you and I. So we subsidise the planning application and we subsidise the profits. Does Mr. Salmond take us for total mugs? Well, I think we know the answer to that. So in Scotland the maximum is £60,000, with the majority over 50MW Section 36’s only paying £18,000 whilst in England the fees start at £19,049 for 5 hectares with an additional £115 for each additional 0.1 hectares thereafter up to a maximum of £250,000. And all windfarms only pay for the structures(roadways, buildings and turbines), not the whole area of the wind farm. The fact that they may be 500ft high makes no odds. They only pay for the footprint! An interesting article here
So you see when wind farm developers say they are building in Scotland because it’s windier there, the truth is that it’s because Planning fees can be less than half of English costs and, thanks to Salmond’s Renewable Policy, risks of refusal of Section 36 applications are very small.
It is understood that applications for small on farm turbines start at £382 per 0.1 hectaire with a max fee of £19k in Scotland. However wind turbines are not independently listed in planning fees as they were pre April 2013. In England the fee is slightly lower at £355 per 0.1 hectaires but again to a maximum of £250,000. Planning approval for small schemes is through local authorities and successful permissions are far less guaranteed depending on council. Appeals against refusal do not guarantee success with up to 75% not upheld.