Interim guidelines when assessing proposals for the development of wind turbines

The Interim Guidelines provide clarification on the issues to be considered when assessing proposals for the development of wind turbines and wind farms in and around the District.

The Council initially adopted the document in March 2011.  

Since that time the policy context has further changed, with the replacement of all national guidance (in the form of Planning Policy Guidance and Planning Policy Statements) with a single statement of policy known as the National Planning Policy Framework.  In addition work has progressed on the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy.  In particular Policy S11, which deals with low carbon and renewable energy.  This particular policy was one of a number of proposed changes to the Pre-Submission version of the document.  The Joint Core Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination in December 2012.

Given these changes to the planning policy context since the adoption of the Interim Guidelines, it was felt appropriate to undertake a refresh.  Prior to this the Council undertook a further period of public consultation in July 2012.  The outcome of this consultation was reported back to full Council on 6 December 2012, who adopted this revised and updated version of the Interim Guidelines.


This document is not a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and does not form part of the Local Development Framework.  Once adopted the Joint Core Strategy will provide the policy basis for assessing proposals for wind turbines.  The Daventry Settlements and Countryside Local Plan will eventually supplement the policies and proposals in the Joint Core Strategy.  In the meantime this document will be taken into account as giving practical or illustrative interim guidance.  It is consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework, development plan policies and other material considerations.  The aim of this document is therefore to provide clarification not set new policy. 

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