Staffordshire County Council’s environment chief has welcomed Government intervention calling for local views on wind farms to be taken more seriously.
Planning Minister Nick Boles is said to have made the appeal to Energy Minister John Hayes in a private letter opposing plans for more wind turbines.
In October 2012 the county council said that large-scale wind farm applications should be refused unless they can demonstrate real benefits to people living in the areas around them.
Under the guidelines, large-scale wind energy developments should also be 2km or further from residential areas.
Mark Winnington, county council cabinet member for environment and assets, said: “While we recognise the value and importance for renewable energy, large wind turbines must not be imposed on communities. Enough is enough.
“Large wind farms should not be located in areas where they would damage our landscape or economy.”
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