The Government's decision to change planning guidance to allow for a local veto of onshore wind could have a profound impact on the environment and our economy, warns leading planning charity the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA).
Hugh Ellis, TCPA Chief Planner said:
Onshore wind energy remains the UK’s most cost-effective way of meeting our key renewable energy targets
“Onshore wind energy remains the UK’s most cost-effective way of meeting our key renewable energy targets and therefore reducing CO2 emissions. The impacts of climate change are already having a major impact on communities and will intensify over the coming years, doing irreversible damage to some of our most valued ecosystems and landscapes - as well as damage to the infrastructure and social fabric of our towns and cities. Any move to downgrade the importance of the renewables energy target would have much wider implications in planning and could inhibit our ability to meet our 2050 carbon reduction targets.”
This decision also risks undermining the UK's credibility in Europe, including the TCPA-led SPECIAL (Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities In All Landscapes) project, funded by Intelligent Energy Europe. The project has been set up to develop the capacity of national and regional planning associations in eight European countries through the direct exchange of experience between Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Austria and the UK, and the subsequent development of training portfolios for planners working in municipalities in all eight countries. Reaction from partners includes ..