March 24, 2022

Wind farm plans will lead to revolt, ministers warn

Steven Swinford, Political Editor, Henry Zeffman, Associate Political Editor | The Times | Thursday March 24 2022 |

Boris Johnson has been warned by cabinet ministers that he will face a mass revolt from Conservative MPs if he allows for the construction of new onshore wind farms.

As the government prepares to unveil its plan for greater energy independence next week, several cabinet ministers are sceptical of the push for onshore wind, fearing local opposition.

Planning rules were significantly tightened by David Cameron in 2015, effectively blocking more onshore turbines, but Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, said that the government must look at liberalising the planning system for onshore wind.

One cabinet minister told The Times: “I don’t want it. My constituents don’t want it . . . The last thing we need is another revolt from Tory MPs.”

Separately, Alister Jack, the

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