This is from today's Daily Telegraph - take note of Eric Pickles' quote regarding current decisions:
A senior Conservative source said: “The Prime Minister strongly feels that this is a real local issue and if people don’t want to have wind farms they don’t have to have them. This is a bomb proof set of safeguards to protect the wishes of local people.” Eric Pickles, the local government secretary, will announce that legal planning guidance is to be altered and he will write to all councils and the Planning Inspectorate demanding that they use the new principles in current decisions.
This is from the press in Daventry where MP Chris Heaton-Harris has strongly opposed turbines:
Chris Heaton-Harris MP has welcomed this morning’s announcement of changes to planning law that mean local residents affected by proposals will actually have a proper say in whether wind turbines are sited in or near their communities.
New planning guidance supporting the planning framework from DCLG will make clear that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities. It will also give greater weight to landscape and visual impact concerns.
In welcoming the announcement Chris says: “If you have been involved in any local campaign to fight an inappropriately sited onshore wind farm, you will know that on every occasion local opinion is trumped at the planning appeal by national energy policy/targets. The changes being announced tomorrow mean that this is reversed and more weight has to be given to local opinion.
From what I can gather subsidies will also be reviewed on an annual basis.
This is superb news for those fighting unwanted wind turbines across Daventry and across the whole of England.
I truly believe that this announcement brings about the beginning of the end of new onshore wind turbines across England. It is extraordinarily excellent news!”