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ClimateXChange :: What is good community engagement on wind farm developments?

What is good community engagement on wind farm developments?

Author: Dr Mhairi Aitken, Dr Claire Haggett and Dr David Rudolph

This report looks at developers’ community engagement practices across a range of wind farm developments in the UK and the rest of Europe.

It concludes that important factors in community engagement are:

  • wide-ranging and innovatiCommunity workshop.jpgve methods of engagement;
  • methods which facilitate dialogue (rather than just transmitting information);
  • instances where action is taken on the basis of responses gathered;
  • measures to keep engagement going through all stages including approval and construction;
  • using a wide ranging definition of an ‘affected’ public; and
  • identifying and implementing tangible benefits.

It makes recommendations for how best practice guidance on community engagement should evolve.

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