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Wind Energy and the Historic Environment

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The following guidance publication has been archived. This is because it is now out of date or has been superseded by new guidance. If you would like to obtain a digital copy of this guidance for your information only please email supplying the title, author, product code and publication date.

This guidance is intended for developers of wind energy projects which may affect any of these aspects of the historic environment. It is also aimed at those, including local authority planners and their historic environment advisers, involved in strategic planning for renewable energy and the determination of project specific applications.

It sets out English Heritage policy and reviews current wind turbine technology. It presents an approach for evaluating the direct and indirect impact of both onshore and offshore wind turbine projects on the historic environment, covering historical sites, setting and visual impact. Key policy and planning sources are cited and a best practice checklist is included.

Whilst many of the references in this document may now be out-of-date, English Heritage believes this document still contains useful advice and case studies. 

We are in the process of revising this publication:

  • to reflect changes resulting from the NPPF and other Government initiatives
  • to incorporate new information and advice on large-scale Photovoltaic (PV) energy generation

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Legacy Document
  • Product Code: 51099
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