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Wind Power: Planning Permission

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the fee accompanying an application for a wind turbine development is provided to the local authority responsible for initial assessment of the application; and if he will make a statement. (322440)

Wind farms generating 50MW or more were considered by DECC under the Electricity Act 1989 up to 28 February 2010. As of 1 March 2010 applications for wind turbines generating 50MW or more are to be considered by the Infrastructure Planning Commission under the Planning Act 2008. In both instances none of the application fee was or is made available to the relevant local planning authority.

Planning implication fees for wind turbine generating stations generating less than 50MW in England and Wales are considered through the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the planning application fee goes to the relevant local planning authority that receives the application.