Changes to the planning process for hydro electric schemes

The Scottish Government has announced that the planning process for hydro electric schemes is to be made simpler and quicker. From 1st June 2011, new applications up to 50 Megawatts will be determined by councils rather than Ministers. Currently, hydro schemes over 1 Megawatt are decided by Ministers. The changes will bring hydro schemes in line with the thresholds for wind farms.

From the beginning of June, applications for hydro schemes under 20 Megawatts will generally be local applications. As a result, any applicants aggrieved either by conditions attached to planning permission granted or by refusal of permission would generally apply to the Local Review Body. Depending on the size of the scheme and where your application is located there may be some advantage in submitting your application as soon as possible.

Click here to read the full announcement.

For further information please contact Lee Murphy

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