Matthew Hancock has welcomed the announcement that the next Conservative Government would end public subsidies for newly planned onshore wind projects and give local councils the decisive say on them.
The Tories would also make changes to planning rules to give greater protection to an area’s valued countryside and heritage, it was announced on Thursday (April 24).
There was much opposition to James Sills plans to build a wind turbine in Clare, thoughy his plans went through anyway.
St Edmundsbury Council did reject Mr Sills’ designs to build another turbine, this time in Ladygate Wood near Haverhill.
The changes would mean that any plans not already in the pipeline for new offshore wind projects would need to be able to pay for themselves and get local support now that enough have already been planned to meet the Government’s legally-binding renewables target for 2020.
These changes would be delivered by a Conservative Government within six months of the next election.
Mr Hancock said: “This is excellent news for people in West Suffolk who have been worried that wind farms could be approved locally without their views being heard.
“Only the next Conservative Government would end bill payer funded subsidies for any newly planned onshore wind farms and give local communities the decisive say on them.
“This will give us the power to protect our heritage and natural beauty in West Suffolk, keeping it safe for our children and strengthening our local community.”
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (May 1) Echo.