Planning Database Project
Planning Database Extracts & Statistics
On-line interactive mapsshowing progress of projects through the planning system
Aviation: Safe-guarding Maps
Safe Guarding Maps to assist in the siting of wind farms
The Planning Database Project aims to provide DECC with regular data to assist in tracking progress towards achieving the EU targets for electricity generation from renewable energy sources. These data are made publicly available via this web site.
The monitoring programme collects information from local planning authorities and renewable energy developers on the status of all renewable energy projects at each stage of the planning process - from intended applications and planning submissions through to construction and commissioning. Details on key planning and environmental issues are also recorded.
Information gathered includes:
- The name, location and installed capacity of renewable energy projects over 0.01MW;
- Any environmental designations applying to development sites e.g. AONB, National Park, SSSI, SPA etc;
- The planning status of projects - in terms of whether applications have been submitted, approved, refused or are at appeal, etc;
- The construction status of any approved projects.
Planning Database Reporting
An extract (in spreadsheet form) from the planning database, together with a progress datasheet, is made available each month.
About the Renewables Map
This website provides an on-line mapping facility to review the information held in the renewables database. An interactive query has also been provided to interrogate these data through applying various filters.
Renewable Energy Planning Database: Information on projects in planning is updated every month, but inevitably it can take time to hear about new projects or when the status of an application changes so these may appear slightly out of date for a handful of applications.
It is worth noting that the planning database is designed to provide a history of planning applications, therefore the maps show all projects, including those which did not achieve planning approval. Similarly, some sites may appear more than once, where applications have been re-submitted or a separate application for an extension is made.
RESTATS: Information is held on the performance of operational projects but owing to the need to maintain the commercially sensitive nature of these data, specific site details and performance figures are not disclosed. These data are updated on an annual basis.
If you have information about a renewable energy project or planning application not included in this database, or you spot any inaccuracies in the information provided, please let us know.
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Aviation safeguarding information is made available to assist wind farm developers
The key findings of this work are also summarised in tables and graphs covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with an overview of the UK. These reports provide details on the progress of renewable energy projects according to technology type, installed capacity and location.