Two more wind developments rejected over new community backing rule

Wind power schemes in Yorkshire and Cumbria have become the latest to be rejected by communities secretary Greg Clark after he ruled that they failed to comply with new rules requiring wind applications to have community backing.

Wind power: two more schemes blocked
Wind power: two more schemes blocked

Clark turned down an appeal against Kirklees Council’s decision to refuse permission for two turbines on a green belt site near Wakefield.

A decision letter said: "As those planning impacts as identified by the affected communities have not been addressed, the proposed scheme would not meet the transitional arrangements set out in the written ministerial statement of 18 June 2015. The secretary of state gives significant weight to this non-compliance."

He also refused an appeal against South Lakeland District Council’s rejection of an application for a single turbine near the village of Gleaston.

A decision letter said Clark was "not satisfied that the planning impacts identified by affected local communities in their correspondence to the inspector … have been addressed. These include harm to the landscape, visual amenity and the setting of heritage assets."

The communities secretary acted in line with planning inspector advice in both instances.

Clark’s June written ministerial statement (WMS) said that where a wind power scheme was already in the planning system, and no suitable sites were identified in the relevant development plan, a scheme could only be approved if planning authorities were "satisfied it has addressed the planning impacts identified by local communities and therefore has their backing".

Clark last month turned down a four-turbine scheme near Peterborough and a 10-turbine project in Lincolnshire, both times citing non-compliance with the WMS.

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