The government has announced changes giving communities more say in the siting of onshore wind farms, and reap increased benefits from hosting developments that do proceed. Consultations will take place sooner and there will be an increase in the value of community benefits paid for by developers.
New planning guidance will make clear that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities. It will give greater weight to landscape and visual impact concerns.
Ministers will be writing to the Planning Inspectorate and councils immediately to flag up that new guidance will become available shortly. Government will also assist local people to gain the skills they need to enable them to engage more confidently with developers.