Seminar: Onshore wind – getting your project through Programme


Onshore wind in a changed landscape

The coming decade will see onshore wind deployment increase by 150% but with a new planning framework and in a changing landscape of attitudes and ambitions.

 In this session you’ll learn:

  • How the Scottish and UK governments are viewing onshore wind and what this means for the future of our sector
  • What is likely to be different when NPF4 comes into force and what this means for your project
  • Why biodiversity is heading up the agenda and what you need to do about it

Welcome and chair
Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

Lesley McNeil, Head of Onshore Wind Policy and Development, Scottish Government 
Neil Collar, Partner/Head of Planning Law, Brodies LLP
Andy Sloan, Head of Consents Strategy, SSE Renewables

Q & A


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Onshore wind on the ground

As the number of onshore wind projects grow our sector will be in contact with more communities and require more planning decisions. Demonstrating that onshore wind is delivering for communities and the economy as well as net-zero is the key.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • The volume of jobs and GVA 12GW of onshore wind will deliver and in which local authorities
  • The changing dynamics around communities and community benefit - and how to navigate this
  • How to optimise your planning application to minimise delays

Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

Jeremy Sainsbury, Director, Natural Power
William Black, Deputy Director for Onshore Electricity, Strategic Co-ordination, and Energy Consents, Scottish Government 
Mark Brennan, Shared Ownership Manager, Energy Saving Trust/Local Energy Scotland
Alison O’Kane, Senior Planning Officer, East Ayrshire Council

Q & A


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