New planning directive agreed

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A new national planning directive for wind development has been agreed after more than a year of talks between the government and the Danish wind turbine owners association. There are three major changes: special attention must be paid to the impact on the landscape of proposals for siting wind turbines less than 2.5 km from an existing turbine or wind plant, including information on why there are no grounds for concern; wind turbines must not be erected closer to a neighbouring dwelling than four times the turbine's total height, and in the case of plans for one or more turbines closer to a neighbour than 500 metres, a special statement must be prepared of the likely impact on the neighbour; and in future, special environmental impact statements must be prepared for wind turbines over 80 m in total height, or for groups of more than three wind turbines. "It was a birth that took its time, but it resulted in a child we can live with," comments Asbjørn Bjerre of the Danish turbine owners association in his assessment of the directive.

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