Energy: Wind Turbines

House of Lords written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Chesterton Lord Hunt of Chesterton Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to require local authorities considering planning applications for wind energy installations to publicise wind and other environmental data to local communities.

Photo of Baroness Hanham Baroness Hanham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

There are statutory requirements to publicise planning applications, including those for wind energy installations. The environmental information supporting a planning application will be available for inspection from the relevant local planning authority. Where an environmental impact assessment is required, the applicant has to carry out an assessment and publish information on the likely significant environmental effects in an environmental statement and provide a non-technical summary. We have no plans to introduce any further requirements on publicity in England.

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