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Wind turbine planning rules changed welcomed by West MP 

Credit:  By Lewis Clarke, 5 JAN 2023, devonlive.com ~~

Plans to give local people more say on the siting of wind turbines have been welcomed by a South West MP. Ian Liddell-Grainger says the Government’s proposals will ensure new wind farms are only built where they have a minimal environmental impact and where there is community support.

Ministers are proposing changes to the way consents are granted for wind turbines by devolving much of the decision-making process down to local authorities. Councils will be able to indicate which areas they believe to be suitable for the siting of new turbines. And there are additional plans to offer benefits including lower energy bills for communities which offer to host them.

Mr Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said the new approach to wind energy would strengthen protection for national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and special scientific sites. In many cases areas such as these are unsuitable anyway because of the distance involved in connecting turbines to the grid. But the new measures will simply reinforce that protection,” he said.

“With constantly-evolving technology wind generation can potentially made a huge contribution to our energy needs. The challenge is going to be siting turbines in areas where they work most efficiently while making them acceptable to the local community. These proposals offer a clear route to achieving that delicate balance.”

Source:  By Lewis Clarke, 5 JAN 2023, devonlive.com

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