Social Impact Assessment: Social Acceptance for Onshore Windfarms in England

Muthoora, T ORCID: 0000-0001-5178-312X
(2017) Social Impact Assessment: Social Acceptance for Onshore Windfarms in England. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Over the last five years, England has seen a decline in the number of onshore wind applications gaining planning permission. This research investigates the key reasons renewable energy policy is stifled in the local planning system and the threat this poses to the country’s ability to tackle climate change. The research aims to show how Social Impact Assessment as part of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), could support the successful siting of onshore wind farms. Directed content analysis, examines the activities of wind developers, central government, local planning authorities, anti-wind campaigners and community energy cooperatives. The content analysis is supported using surveys and face-to-face interview with developers, action groups and community energy cooperatives. The research finds SIA is not a statutory obligation in England, yet many of its activities and processes employed by stakeholders. However, without recognition of the outcomes of SIA activity in EIA, benefits of onshore windfarm proposals are not considered in the weighting of the planning balance. The impact means local people participating in community energy projects are disempowered by the planning system to the disservice of local democracy.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 10:43
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 06:38
DOI: 10.17638/03019309