These documents provide guidance on community benefits and engagement for onshore wind farm developers, communities living in the locality of a wind farm and local authorities.
The government response to the Onshore Wind Call for Evidence in 2013 committed to establishing best practice guidance on the engagement expected between developers and local communities to improve the standards of engagement between developers, communities and local authorities for onshore wind developments. It also committed to producing best practice guidance on community benefits to inform communities about how and when to begin discussions on community benefit provision and help them develop benefit packages that best suits their communities’ needs.
These documents provide guidance on community benefits and engagement for onshore wind developers, communities living in the locality of a wind farm and local authorities. They will provide communities with information as to what to expect, in terms of both engagement and community benefits, and when. They include information about different types of community benefit, areas of fund spend and fund administration and examples of good practice from around the UK.
Register of community benefits and engagement
The Register of community benefits and engagement provides a means for developers and communities to record the range of community benefits offered and received from different onshore wind projects in a transparent manner to help support communities in engaging and negotiating benefit packages that best suit their needs. The register also captures information about community engagement for new developments to encourage good engagement practices between all parties. The register has been developed by DECC in close collaboration with community and industry stakeholders. The register will be managed through a collaborative partnership between RenewableUK and Regen SW.