The UK government is to relax its de facto ban on onshore wind following growing pressure from MPs.

It is to consult on changes to the national planning policy it has announced, following “positive engagement with MPs.”

In November, Simon Clarke MP, the former Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, put forward an amendment to the Levelling Up Bill that would allow local planning authorities to approve onshore wind projects.

The amendment has gained significant support from other members of the Conservative party, including the likes of former Prime Ministers Liz Truss and Boris Johnson, as well as Alok Sharma, president of COP26.

Central to the government’s new proposed changes planning policy, is that planning permission will be dependent on a project demonstrating local support and satisfactorily address impacts identified by the local community.

Local authorities will have to show their support for certain suitable areas, moving away from the rigid requirement for sites to be designated in local plans, as is currently in place.

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