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02 Jan 2008 04:01:51

Local planners blocking two out of three wind farm applications

Local planners blocking two out of three wind farm applications
A new report has claimed that nearly a third of applications for onshore wind farms in the UK are rejected by local planning authorities.

According to Labour's environment group SERA, just 15 out of 48 planning applications for the developments have been given the go-ahead in the past 18 months.

Reflecting on the figures, the campaigning organisation highlighted a "not in our back yard" attitude among many local councillors as a key contributory factor to the lack of success.

Wind farm proposals within Conservative-led councils fared particularly badly, with just 18 per cent of developments being approved, compared to 64 per cent in Labour-run authorities, the Independent reported.

"The government is in a really difficult situation having expressed clear support for wind power but more than two-thirds of applications either being rejected or clogged up in the planning system locally," Andrew Pakes, co-chairman of SERA, told the newspaper.

"The figures also raise a serious challenge to David Cameron's claims to have reformed the Conservative Party. Time and again, we are seeing wind farms applications being rejected by Tory councillors."ADNFCR-1235-ID-18410734-ADNFCR

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