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Wind Farms

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to encourage regional workshops on wind farm planning applications for councillors and planning officers. [113976]

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will be consulting on a revision of planning policy guidance on renewable energy (PPG 22) later this year. When PPG 22 has been finalised, the Government will consider how best to support dissemination of Government policy on planning for renewable energy: In the meantime, the Renewables Advisory Board, chaired by my hon. Friend the Minister for Energy and Construction, is keen to support initiatives, including regional workshops, aimed at providing relevant information about renewable energy to a range of people.