Energy Minister Says ‘Enough is Enough’ Planning Consents on Windfarms

So who will be the first barrister to stand up at an LPI and say these are just the opinions of a conservative minister, the brief for renewables having been stripped from him at the reshufle, and do not represent coalition government policy.

Telegraph

“If you look at what has been built, what has consent and what is in the planning system, much of it will not get through and will be rejected. Even if a minority of what’s in the system is built we are going to reach our 2020 target,” Mr Hayes said. “I’m saying enough is enough.”…

We have issued a call for evidence on wind. That is about cost but also about community buy-in. We need to understand communities’ genuine desires. We will form our policy in the future on the basis of that, not on a bourgeois Left article of faith based on some academic perspective.”

Yet again the philosophy of the American Right invades UK conservatism, forget science, itr is raw guttural prejudice and emotion, what we know is right, that matters.

Mr Hayes said the impact of onshore wind farms on environments had been “neglected” as he warned that renewable energy must be in the “right places” with “genuine community support”. “The salience of aesthetics to discussions about renewables has often been neglected,” he added. “All that we do must be sensitive to local environments.”

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International Urban Planner

Posted on October 31, 2012, in urban planning. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Nadhim Zahawi, the Conservative MP for Stratford on Avon, was furious in his attack on Eric Pickles for ‘going against the clear wishes of local residents’ in allowing 800 houses at Shottery (whatever the actual planning issues involved),
    But his colleague John Hayes is happy to make ‘communities genuine desires’ a criterion for overturning another national policy. It not just the anti-science of the American right and the fall back to prejudice and emotion which irks, but the selectivity and intellectual dishonesty. It’s politics, not government, a stark symptom that we are in a post-democratic era.

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