A Norfolk MP is backing a government bill which could give local communities a greater say over large industrial scale wind farms in their area.

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South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has backed an amendment to the Planning Act 2008 proposed by Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson which would enable communities to decide on applications for wind farms of more than 50mws.

Currently, the act states if a proposed wind farm is going to generate more than 50mws it is deemed to be of “national importance” and called in by the secretary of state, but Mr Bacon is seeking to take the decisions away from Whitehall and give them to local communities.

He said: “I am pleased to put my name to this bill, which will give a greater say to local communities over large onshore wind farms.

“The 50mw limit allows planning decisions on large wind farms to be taken in Whitehall on the advice of planning ‘quangocrats’, which instinctively feels wrong.

“Given that the physical impact of wind turbines is felt by local communities, planning decisions on giant, industrial wind farms should be taken locally”.

4 comments

  • That will appeal to Bacon's supporters, who are doubtless mostly anti-turbine. But why only wind? Perhaps he will be seeking a similar amendment to give communities protection from large scale solar farm developments, although I doubt it somehow. Different interests to serve, or a question of timing? I suppose once the current glut has been approved he can safely wade in on solar too, knowing that it won't upset any big landowners locally who just happen to be loyal friends of the Tories.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • The lunatics will rule the asylum! By the way the units you've used (mw) are milliwatts, I think you meant Mw (Megawatts) and to think that science is a national curriculum subject!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Good news......I think. If this means that communites can say NO, then there'll be no more. As 80% of application comments are against any wind turbine, then this should, hopefully, be their death knell. This will also have the interesting effect of having no impact on the electrical output of the UK, as has been beautifully demonstrated this week, the coldest of the winter and NO wind!!

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    Windless

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • So if the majority agrees and maybe has a stake in the venture, the planning authority will have to support the applications. And it is megawatts.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

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