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          Policy issues

          Policy changes are required at the national and local level for urban wind energy to reach its potential. As well as a more supportive national energy policy and planning policy framework, changes need to be made at the local level with improved local planning requirements. Financial incentives also need altering, to recognise community benefits.

          • Local government
            Several local authorities are now adopting planning policies that enshrine a practical commitment to renewable energy.
          • National government
            At a national level, government policy that used to focus on large wind farm developments is increasingly addressing smaller scale and urban developments.
          • Government Market Stimulation
            To date, the UK government has only provided grant money for renewable energy projects.