More renewable energy projects are being rejected than ever before, as analysis shows 57% of wind farm applications were turned down in 2014, up from 21% in 2008.
Transition by Consent, published by centre-left thinktank Fabian Society, has found that winning community consent is the only sustainable way to deliver affordable, green energy in the long term.
The report - a product of a number of private roundtables, conversations and desk research into community consent for renewable energy infrastructure - looked at the role community consent plays in addressing the “energy trilemma” of affordability, security of supply and decarbonisation.
It found public support for renewable energy remained strong in theory even when questions were asked about developments in local areas, yet development plans were failing to win consent.
It said the onus was on developers to win community consent for their own projects as needs vary from place to place. It advised developers to prioritise the process in their project development.
Central government also had a role in stating an expectation for all project developers, the report concluded, whether for those developing projects under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 or the Planning Act 2008 to ensure they are working in partnership with local communities.