The county council wants to develop guidance for the management of community benefit funds from windfarm developments in Northumberland.
Community benefit funds, which are voluntary monetary payments from the developer to the community, are a well-established part of onshore windfarm developments.
In Northumberland, there are a number of operational windfarms where the developers are providing these funds, but there is currently a range of approaches being adopted for their management.
Town and parish councils generally have a role either as beneficiaries of the funds or in the decision-making process for the allocation of the funds, but it is felt that guidance should be prepared to assist with securing and managing them.
A report to a council committee says that ‘the guidance shouldn’t be prescriptive about the approaches or the uses that the funds should be put to, rather it should set out a number of principles to help inform local communities’.
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