30 OCT 2010
By Oliver Wright | Independent (Cash incentives for councils that sign up for new wind farms
Local councils are to get extra funding if they give the go-ahead to new wind farms, under plans to stop local communities sabotaging renewable energy projects.
Ministers are worried at the vast number of wind farm projects that are being turned down by councillors in the face of local opposition. The Independent revealed yesterday that the number of planning approvals for onshore wind farms is at an all time low, with only one in three applications getting to go-ahead.
There are now 233 separate local campaign groups against wind farms. As a result ministers have agreed that local councils should be given incentives to help persuade them to approve more wind farms.
Under the plans councils will be allowed to keep the business rates generated by wind farms – which currently have to be passed to central government.
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