Evaluating the cumulative impact problem in spatial planning: A case study of wind turbines in Aberdeenshire, UK

Scott, A.J. and Shannon, P. and Hardman, M. and Miller, D. (2014) Evaluating the cumulative impact problem in spatial planning: A case study of wind turbines in Aberdeenshire, UK. Town Planning Review, 85 (4). pp. 457-487. ISSN 00410020 (ISSN)

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Abstract

The problem of cumulative impact (CI) is an under-researched issue in spatial planning theory and practice with important implications for sustainability. This paper investigates how cumulative impact is addressed within the Scottish planning system through a case study focused on small-scale wind developments in Aberdeenshire UK. Using assessments of planning applications and stakeholder interviews, the findings revealed a disjuncture between considering applications on their own merit versus more strategic and long term considerations. The lack of sufficient guidance tailored to the specific scale of development poses significant proportionality problems. We argue for a more positive dialogue between planners, developers and supporting agencies championing adaptive management and social learning frameworks in order to improve CI processes and outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cumulative impact, environmental assessment, planning policy, spatial planning, wind development, adaptive management, environmental assessment, planning system, spatial planning, stakeholder, urban planning, wind turbine, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 14:12
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 14:12
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1996

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