Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, said, "We are making sure local people have a crystal clear voice in airing their opinions on wind turbines very early on. From day 1 communities should be centre stage in crafting plans that affect their lives instead of having them forced upon them. Ensuring communities have a greater say at an early stage allows developers to consider much earlier whether to pursue a proposal and what changes they should consider before putting forward formal plans. Our changes allow people’s views and other impacts to be taken into consideration much earlier."
And not before time, Mr Pickles, as we and many other communities like us continue the fight begun years and years ago.