Anger at Pickles’ stranglehold over wind farms

Irritation was growing among wind farm builders this week as Eric Pickles extended his power to halt and personally approve new projects for another year. Last year a change in the law gave the Communities and Local Government Secretary a six-month window to check wind project planning applications were up to scratch. Using these recovery […]

Wind rescued from "potentially disastrous" planning laws

The wind industry has been saved from “potentially disastrous” planning laws this week, claims the UK’s renewable trade body. An amendment to the Localism Act, which would have left wind farms planning applications open to a national referendum if a fraction of the local population objected, was taken out at the last minute. The Act […]