Onshore Wind Farms

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 12th March 2012.

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Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Conservative, Selby and Ainsty 2:30 pm, 12th March 2012

What guidance his Department has issued to the Planning Inspectorate on planning appeals concerning onshore wind farms.

Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Decentralisation and Cities) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Planning Inspectorate has received the same advice as local authorities: the Government’s commitment to abolish the regional spatial strategies, including the targets for renewable energy, can be taken into account as a material consideration in planning decisions.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Conservative, Selby and Ainsty

Has the Planning Inspectorate been instructed to take into account the views of local residents, campaign groups and communities during the appeal process?

Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Decentralisation and Cities) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

As I suggested, the Localism Act 2011 abolishes top-down imposition and releases local communities to have their say, and with the new planning framework it will be unambiguously clear that it is local communities that do things their way.