The expansion of onshore windfarms may have come to an end after a Conservative energy minister launched an outspoken attack on the technology, saying turbines have “peppered” the UK’s countryside and that “enough is enough”.
John Hayes said he has asked the planning minister to look again at the relationship between these turbines and the landscape and ordered a review of evidence on the cost of wind energy systems and their effects on the surrounding environment. “We can no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities,” he said.
“I can’t single-handedly build a new Jerusalem, but I can protect our green and pleasant land… We will form our policy in the future on the basis of that, not on a bourgeois Left article of faith based on some academic perspective.”
It is unclear how Mr Hayes’s remarks will affect Government policy but they are likely to anger senior figures among his Liberal Democrat coalition partners.