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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Transportation Issues Arising from Wind Farms

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This TAN provides guidance on land use planning in relation to renewable energy.
This circular cancels Welsh Office Circulars 23/88, 20/94, 12/95 and 39/95; also Planning Guidance (Wales) Technical Advice Note (Wales) 17.
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On 1 April 2009, we published a letter clarifying the requirements for Environmental Impact Assessments for transport issues for wind farm development applications.

This letter reminds Chief Planning Officers of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999. It also reminds them of the guidance set out in Welsh Office Circular 11/99 ‘Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)’.

Where an application requires an EIA, this should include assessing the proposed route for moving the turbines and equipment to the development site. The local planning authority should consider what is needed to ensure that the route operates satisfactory.