To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the conferences and briefings given by the British Wind Energy Association to local authorities are compatible with the Nolan report recommendations that planners should be impartial and seen to be impartial. [HL5523]
We would expect local authorities in England to be guided by the advice issued by the Local Government Association in May 2009. The guidance from the LGA is intended to avoid bias or the perception of bias in decisions on planning applications while reflecting local authorities' roles as place shapers. The guidance therefore recognises councillors' ability to participate in discussions prior to the receipt of a planning application on behalf of their communities and engage in spatial planning policy formulation. Planning elsewhere in the UK is a matter for the devolved Administrations.