The Diffley Partnership was commissioned by the Scottish Government, with funding support from Marine Scotland and NatureScot, to conduct a study to assess public perceptions of offshore wind farm developments in Scotland. Specifically, the aims of the study were:
- to gain an overview of the perceptions and experiences of those living near offshore wind developments in Scotland based on their lived experiences
- to understand the factors which affect perceptions and experiences of living near offshore wind farms
- to understand if perceptions and experiences change at different stages of a development (planning, construction, operation1)
- to understand whether, and in what way, offshore wind farms influence people’s decisions regarding tourism and recreation in coastal areas.