Locals ignored on wind turbines
Councils have seen two-thirds of recent wind turbine refusals overturned by planning inspectors despite new Government guidance designed to block schemes which are unpopular with locals.
In nine out of the last 14 cases considered since new guidelines were published last month, council refusal was overturned – including plans for two small masts beside an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in Cornwall.
The sample of decisions comes amid mounting frustration among campaigners and Conservative MPs in Devon and Cornwall over subsidies paid to renewable energy developers and the effect on the countryside and tourism.
The trend appears not to support the Prime Minister's claim at a rural Devon show last week that scaled-back subsidies and new planning policy would see "fewer" wind and solar schemes go ahead.
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The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said the appeal rate of 64% was "worse than before" though the sample under analysis was small.
Neville Thomas QC, of the National Opposition to Windfarms campaign group, said the ministerial statement in June has been "blatantly ignored by planning officers".
The Planning Inspectorate said officers were well aware of current policies and guidance.