Renewable planning support for planners and councillors

Courses and website offer help and advice on renewable planning

5 January 2010

Planning officers and councillors across England are being offered further support to help improve their decision-making over renewable energy developments, as the expert support network is to be extended for a further three months.

A series of free workshops are also currently underway, giving planners and councillors further opportunities to help improve their knowledge of renewable energy planning issues.

Initially launched last February, the expert support network is a free advice service which allows council staff (in particular planners in both development control and forward planning, but also councillors) the opportunity to submit enquiries on renewable planning issues. They can also access up to one day’s worth of expert support. The service was extended until the start of this year and has now been further extended.

To find out how you may be able to benefit from the support network, visit the Planning Renewables website: www.planningrenewables.org.uk.

Also available on the website are the latest dates for the free planning workshops, which cover issues such as advanced planning for wind, and renewable energy policy and evidence base. These take place throughout January, February and March.

More details about these courses are available by visiting the events pages of the Planning Renewables website.

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