*This project has now reported. For the full report please click here *
Wind farm applications are required to go through a rigorous planning process, including assessment of their potential environmental impacts. However, to date, little research has been done to compare the impacts of wind farms as predicted during the planning process and their actual impacts once operational.
The Scottish Government has asked ClimateXChange to manage a research project looking at whether the impacts predicted by developers in documentation submitted with their planning applications are consistent with the impacts experienced once the wind farm is operating.
The study will examine ten onshore wind farm developments across Scotland, measuring their operational impacts through a combination of field assessments and local resident surveys.
The project will inform the Scottish Government on the need for guidance to developers of wind farms on how they should measure the potential impacts of their wind farms, and how they should communicate this to planning authorities and those likely to be affected.