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Wind Power: Planning Permission

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a list of all the onshore wind planning appeals in England that have been (a) recovered and (b) not recovered by his Department for decision in each year since 2010.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister for Housing

holding answer 2 July 2013

Each decision to recover a planning appeal for the Secretary of State’s own decision is treated on its individual merits in line with the published criteria.

The number of appeals involving wind turbines that have been recovered in the period in question are as follows:

  Number of appeals
2010-11 5
2011-12 3
20120-13 3
To date in 2013-14 10

I have placed a list of recovered appeals in the Library of the House.

The Planning Inspectorate records all types of renewable energy schemes received per annum, of which only some are for wind turbines. Numbers vary for each year and for the three full years there were 113, 165 and 286 renewable energy schemes received. It would be disproportionate to set out each appeal as requested by the hon. Member.

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