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Locals could stop wind farms

Residents could be able to stop construction of wind farms under tough new rules. New guidance is expected to tell councils that local people's concerns should take precedence over the need for renewable energy.

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Tory MP: 'Beginning of the end' of unwanted turbines

A general view of Wind Turbines at West Somerton on the Norfolk coast. Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Archive

A Conservative MP said the government's new proposals on wind farms that would allow communities to stop them being built in their area marked "the beginning of the end" of unwanted onshore turbines.

Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry, said the views of local residents and councils had been "ridden roughshod over" for too long and welcomed the rules.

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