PLANS to give communities more of a say over wind turbine proposals are deeply flawed and will make smaller farm-based renewable energy schemes prohibitively expensive for farmers, an expert has warned.

James Davis, who heads the planning team at property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall, which advises landowners on renewable energy schemes.

The Government plans to make early consultation between local people and wind farm developers compulsory under new measures to be laid before Parliament shortly.

Applicants seeking permission for more than two turbines – or any turbine exceeding 15 metres in height – would need to consult the local community before submitting a formal planning application.


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