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Wind Farms

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will require local planning authorities to issue local supplementary planning guidance on wind farm applications in advance of their next plan review cycle. [113974]

No. Planning Policy Guidance Note (PPG) 12 clearly states that Supplementary Planning Guidance should not be used to update plans in this way. A draft revised version of PPG22 on renewable energy will be published for consultation later this year. The Government expect local planning authorities to update plans on a regular basis to take account of new Government policy. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister expects to update plans once the final version of the new PPG22 has been published. If plans are out of date and not in line with Government policy, then new PPGs will be material considerations to be taken into account in planning decisions.