Last month DECC published Best Practice Guidance for community engagement for onshore wind development. Here at Stephenson Halliday we have always thought early community engagement can pay dividends for both developers and communities, so it was with some interest we read the document. Although the guidance is aimed at developments of between 5MW and 50MW […]

A recent High Court decision has helped define what is meant by ‘any other harm’ in assessing impacts on Green Belt. Paragraph 88 of the National planning Policy Framework states: ‘When considering any planning application, local planning authorities should ensure that substantial weight is given to any harm to the Green Belt. ‘Very special circumstances’ […]