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United Kingdom

UK onshore approval rates "increase by 50%"

UK: There has been a 50% increase in approval rates for UK onshore wind projects this year compared to 2011, according to the latest figures from RenewableUK.

The trade body's annual report claims that the trend for declining approval rates at the local level in England over the last five years may have abated.

110 schemes and 1.7GW were approved in 2011/12 against 77 projects and 1.1GW consented in 2010/11.

"The improvement in the number of projects approved al local level shows that wind farm developers are working increasingly closely with councillors and local communities to ensure their plans are acceptable and sensitive," said a spokesman for RenewableUK.

"It’s clear that most councils believe that the best way to make each decision is on a case by case basis, so that all the individual local factors can be taken into consideration."

RenewableUK’s assessment goes on to specify that UK approval rates for projects above 50MW, which are decided by central government, reached a high of 91% by capacity this year against previous consent rates of 88% and 86% on 2010/11 and 2009/10 respectively, demonstrating a continuing trend towards greater capacity-based approval rates.

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