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Wind Power: Lighting

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 4346, tabled on 23 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions she has had with devolved Administrations on ensuring that warning lights on onshore wind turbines do not compromise gold tier dark sky parks including the Galloway and the Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere.

Answered on

28 October 2019

The Civil Aviation Authority set the requirements for warning lights on wind turbines in excess of 150 metres tall, to ensure high safety standards. Planning policy is a devolved matter in Scotland and it will be for the relevant Scottish Local Authority to consider the impact of light pollution from wind turbines.

Answered by

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy