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Putting communities back in charge of onshore wind

19 May 2015

The new Energy secretary, Amber Rudd, has made a statement saying that no more onshore wind farm schemes will be given the go ahead unless they have the support of local people.

Nick Clack, senior energy campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments:

“CPRE supports a strong, democratic planning system that ensures the right development in the right places and protects the countryside – whether that’s onshore wind turbines, housing or transport infrastructure. We therefore welcome in principle Amber Rudd’s commitment to put ‘the local community back in charge’ of onshore wind, but also urge the Government to give communities greater say over other elements of the planning system.

“Despite numerous planning reforms there is still insufficient protection for the countryside, and local communities are left with the overall feeling of being disempowered, with decision making becoming more centralised. CPRE would like to see the Government support local aspirations by introducing a community right of appeal against speculative development in areas where a neighbourhood plan has been prepared.”

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