More Say Over Wind Farms In North Yorkshire
6:56am 10th June 2013
People in North Yorkshire will have a greater say in the positioning of wind farms.
Selby and Ainsty MP, Nigel Adams has welcomed Government changes to onshore wind farm planning policy which he says, give hope to Selby District communities blighted by onshore wind farm applications.
The MP says new Government guidance gives a greater say to local communities over siting of wind farms and restores powers to local communities.
Nigel Adams says he welcomes changes which will give people a much greater say over wind farms in their communities, shifting the balance of power to local communities in deciding whether to agree to onshore wind proposals.
Nigel Adams MP commented; “I have been lobbying the Prime Minister for some time now for these common sense changes and I am delighted that he and his ministers have listened”
"The new planning guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government will make clear that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities. It will give greater weight to landscape and visual impact concerns, especially for heritage sites.
Nigel Adams added, “Conservatives in Government are giving people a proper say and we are restoring to communities powers taken away by the Labour Government and ensure that those turbines that are agreed are better sited. Local people and Selby District Council should not feel bullied into accepting proposals they do not want".
The MP adds that the law will be changed to make consultation with local communities compulsory for the more significant onshore wind projects, before planning permission is applied for. This will, he says, guarantee that local people can have their say at an earlier stage in more cases.
Where local councils have identified areas suitable for wind farm projects they will not be obliged to give planning permission if they think the impact on the local area will be unacceptable, says Nigel Adams. He adds that Selby District Council is yet to develop a renewable energy strategy as part of the local plan.
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