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Overwhelmed by turbines

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has been increasingly concerned about the targeting of the East Riding by wind turbine developers.

This particular form of renewable energy is blighting the landscape, despite the best efforts of East Riding Council.

Current government policy confusion encourages wind developers to make applications almost regardless of landscape impact or the suitability of the site.

The East Riding has been overwhelmed by the number of applications and CPRE Yorkshire and Humber is seeking support from local MPs to lobby the Government to develop a strategic plan-led approach that recognises landscape capacity, including the cumulative impact of onshore wind turbines.

We also want to see more power given to local authorities seeking to protect the landscape character through their local plans and in planning decisions and we will fully support East Riding Council in any efforts it makes to wrest back some control over local planning decisions on wind turbines.

Were we all being naive when we thought the Localism Act was intended to give local people more say over local planning decisions?

The proliferation of wind turbines across the area has increased calls by CPRE members for a major rethink by the Government on this particular form of renewable energy, which we all pay for in inflated energy bills, and has such a huge impact on the visual landscape.

David Rose,

Regional chairman of CPRE Yorkshire and the Humber.