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Bright Blue responds to the new Government’s announcement to remove the de facto ban on onshore wind in England.

Bartek Staniszewski, Senior Research Fellow at Bright Blue, commented:

“Over the last decade, new onshore wind projects in England have been effectively impossible, putting us on the backfoot in the push for cheap, secure and clean energy. This has been driven by a ‘triple veto’ of tests. The Chancellor has now taken the bold and commendable move to abolish two of those tests. This could potentially put England back at the forefront of the green tech revolution.

“But onshore wind should not just be permitted – it should be encouraged. The Government could go a step further and adjust planning policy to positively encourage Local Authorities to plan for onshore wind.”

Bright Blue recently called to abolish the ‘triple veto’ planning policy on onshore wind in their report, Resilient neighbourhoods, powered by low-carbon energy by Professor Richard Cowell, Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning at the University of Cardiff.

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