Pre-application advice

Wind Farm Design Workshop

We also now offer a Wind Farm Design Workshop looking at matters of Landscape and Visual Impact in more detail. This is a solutions based workshop and it is best undertaken when (or just before) you reach design stage.

As part of this value-added service we will spend up to 2 hours with you looking at how the design meets the criteria set out in our Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance. Utilising wirelines and where appropriate, photomontages prepared by your landscape consultants we will consider what the key design viewpoints are, whether it meets with the design rationale for development in the area and what if any further design changes are potentially required.

This service goes hand in hand with our Pre-Application Advice Service for Major Developments. This service provides advice on wider constraints with other internal and external consultees We also consider the principle of development in the proposed location.

There is a charge for this service which is reviewed annually with any fee increase taking effect from the start of April each year. Details can be found on our main planning fees page. 

Information Requirements:

  • Location Plan;
  • Site Layout Plan;
  • Zone of theoretical visibility;
  • Design Evolution Drawing and Supporting Statement on what has been considered to date;
  • Wirelines for all proposed viewpoints;
  • Photomontages from key design viewpoints.

As part of the service, a meeting a note will be prepared on the key points discussed and this will be provided to you within 3 weeks of the date of the workshop.

These workshops will take place through Microsoft Teams.

For more information or to enquire about availability for a workshop, please contact