Wind Power: Planning Permission

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Daventry

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider introducing guidelines for wind farm developers for the purposes of preventing unsuitable speculative sites from being considered.

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

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.

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