24 Sep '14, 11am

RenewableUK condemns Eric Pickles' 50th intervention in a wind farm application. Media release:

Of the 50 pulled in by the Secretary of State, decisions have been reached on 19 projects, with all but two refused. Five of the projects turned down by Mr. Pickles had previously been recommended for approval by the Planning Inspectorate, a non-executive agency of the Department for Communities and Local Government. RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said, “Fifty interventions for onshore wind means higher bills for UK consumers, goes against public demand for renewable energy, and holds back action on climate change. These sites would have meant half a billion pounds in local investment creating over 2,000 jobs. Eric Pickles is clearly relaxed about such unprecedented intervention in the planning system. He has politicised what should be an independent and impartial planning system with 98% of wind farm appeals are now being decided by Mr. Pickles himself. Hi...

Full article: http://www.renewableuk.com/en/news/press-releases.cfm/ren...

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