Greater community say on wind turbines and solar farms
By ECOTRADE on 8/1/2013 08:34:08
Communities now have a greater say on the siting of wind turbines and solar farms in new guidance.
The guidance makes clear the importance of environmental protections in deciding applications, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said today (29 July 2013).
The planning guidance confirms that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override local environmental and heritage protections and the concerns of local communities.
The guidance addresses genuine issues some communities have when it comes to developments such as onshore wind and solar farms, and ensures environmental considerations like landscape and heritage are given proper weight when determining applications.
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said:
The views of local people must be listened to when making planning decisions. Meeting Britain’s energy needs should not be used to justify the wrong development in the wrong location.
This new guidance is an important step in ensuring that communities can continue to shape their local surroundings and that landscape and heritage are properly considered and protected.
Planning always works best when local communities themselves have the opportunity to influence the decisions that affect their lives. That is why it is so important every area has a local plan in place as soon as possible.