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Onshore Wind Farms

Volume 542: debated on Monday 12 March 2012

21. What guidance his Department has issued to the Planning Inspectorate on planning appeals concerning onshore wind farms. (98974)

The Planning Inspectorate has received the same advice as local authorities: the Government’s commitment to abolish the regional spatial strategies, including the targets for renewable energy, can be taken into account as a material consideration in planning decisions.

Has the Planning Inspectorate been instructed to take into account the views of local residents, campaign groups and communities during the appeal process?

As I suggested, the Localism Act 2011 abolishes top-down imposition and releases local communities to have their say, and with the new planning framework it will be unambiguously clear that it is local communities that do things their way.