More say on wind turbines

New measures, to be laid before Parliament shortly, will require developers seeking planning permission for onshore wind development to take part in consultation.

Developments involving more than two turbines or any turbine exceeding 15 metres in height must consult the local community before submitting a formal planning application.

According to reports the Government says many communities feel forced to consider wind farm and turbine plans that “they have had no part in shaping.”

It says communities feel “cut out of the initial process of steering turbine development” and want early and open discussions with developers to influence proposals and to improve the outcome for their area.

When a proposal meets the criteria, the developer will need to consult to ensure communities views about siting and other relevant planning issues can be heard first. The measure will come into force before the end of the year.

Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, said: “We are making sure local people have a crystal clear voice in airing their opinions on wind turbines very early on. From day one communities should be centre stage in crafting plans that affect their lives instead of having them forced upon them.”

Michael Bennett of Pelican’s environmental PR communications team said: “This announcement means developers will need to undertake effective early consultation with communities to have any chance of completing a project.

“Unfortunately many developers don’t have the expertise to undertake consultation to the required standard. We can help. Pelican has a proven track record in delivering community, stakeholder and media engagement campaigns for the most sensitive developments at the most sensitive sites.”

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