Sunak poised to revoke ban on onshore windfarms report

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2023-09-03 22:49:00  • 3 mins

Rishi Sunak is reportedly planning to revoke the ban on building new onshore windfarms in order to head off a row with Tory MPs for the second time.

Ministers are preparing to introduce changes to planning rules that will allow councils to give the go-ahead to turbine proposals where there is broad public support, according to the Telegraph.

The amendment to scrap the ban on new offshore wind was put forward by the former Cop26 president Alok Sharma and has since drawn support from a group of Tories including Liz Truss, who are confident that it will pass.

Sharma said: The government committed to change planning rules by the end of April 2023 to overturn the de facto ban on onshore wind, but this has not happened to date.

This amendment therefore seeks merely to deliver on the governments own promise and help to unlock investment in one of the cheapest forms of energy, and ultimately bring down household bills and improve the UKs energy security.

Labour also supports the proposal, meaning only six more Tory backbenchers would need to vote in favour to overturn the governments majority.

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