Communities should be protected from unacceptable impacts from new development, including wind farms. We are reforming the planning system to restore democratic and local control over planning.
We want local decisions to be plan-led; our planning reforms make it clear that local councils can identify suitable areas for wind farms. Outside the areas identified in the plan, developers would be expected to show how the site meets the same suitability criteria contained in the Local plan. We have also underlined that meeting our energy goals is not an excuse for building wind farms in the wrong places.