The consenting process

  • The consenting process for OWF in Scotland

    The consenting process for offshore wind farms in Scotland is complex, with different elements of the development being subject to different decision making regimes.

    Aberdeen dunes

    Sand dunes in Aberdeen

    Wind farm at sunset

    Wind farm at sunset off the English coast

    The legislative process for the offshore element (generation i.e. turbines and transmission i.e. offshore cables) is through Section 36/37 (Electricity Act 1989 (as amended)) and Marine Licence consent applications submitted to Marine Scotland, whereas the onshore element (onshore cables above Mean High Water Springs (MHWS) and sub-station compound) is consented through applications to Aberdeenshire County Council under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. This project will aid impact assessment and consenting for OWFs by:

    • providing a clear approach to the scope and methodology for assessing such impacts which will be of great value in providing some consistency of approach for developers, and for stakeholder discussions prior to application and during the consenting process;
    • the monitoring of actual impacts during the construction and operation and maintenance (O&M) stages which will provide invaluable evidence for future project applications and assessments;
    • a guide to best practice approaches to socio- economic impacts mitigation and enhancement for OWFs that will also aid the process.
  • Contact us

    You can contact us by writing to or emailing Dr Bridget Durning via:

    School of the Built Environment
    Oxford Brookes University
    Headington Campus
    Oxford OX3 0BP

    tel: +44 (0)1865 482845
    bdurning@brookes.ac.uk