United Kingdom

United Kingdom

PLANNING GUIDELINES SUPPORTED BY GOVERNMENT

The UK government has reaffirmed its confidence in existing advice on wind energy developments for planners in spite of calls from members of parliament for a review of current planning guidelines. Department of the Environment ministers defended the DoE's Planning Policy Guidance Note 22 covering renewable energy in recent answers to parliamentary questions. On March 19, Sir Paul Beresford stated: "PPG 22 gives full and clear advice on the planning framework" . A week later Robert Jones said: "Local planning authorities already have comprehensive planning powers over the location of wind turbines. These are fully explained in planning policy guidance note 22 on renewable energy. (É) It is extremely important that local authorities balance these environmental and energy considerations. I am satisfied that PPG 22 does precisely that."

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