Rachel Reeves scraps Conservative’s ‘absurd’ onshore windfarm ban | EUROtoday

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Rachel Reeves has ditched the Conservative’s “absurd” onshore windfarm ban as she vowed to reboot the UK’s flatlining financial system.

In one Labour’s first main shakeups since taking energy, the get together scrapped the de facto ban in England which has been in place since 2015.

Ms Reeves additionally mentioned Labour would take a look at whether or not to class onshore wind as a nationally important infrastructure – a transfer that will enable massive farms to get planning approval extra rapidly.

Only a small number of onshore wind farms have been built since David Cameron’s Government introduced restrictions in 2015 (Danny Lawson/PA)
Only a small variety of onshore wind farms have been constructed since David Cameron’s Government launched restrictions in 2015 (Danny Lawson/PA) (PA Archive)

“We will get Britain building again… we will get Britain growing again,” she vowed.

In a speech on the Treasury, she mentioned: “As of today we are ending the absurd ban on new onshore wind in England.”

She added: “We must acknowledge that trade-offs always exist. Any development may have environmental consequences, place pressure on services and rouse voices of local opposition, but we will not succumb to a status quo which responds to the existence of trade-offs by always saying no.”

The move was welcomed by the energy sector and environmental campaigners.

Under the previous rules onshore wind was treated differently from other developments – effectively stopping schemes going ahead if there were any objections.

Labour had said it would overturn the ban within weeks if it came to power.

Chancellor Rachel Reeves made the announcement during a speech at the Treasury in London, to an audience of leading business figures
Chancellor Rachel Reeves made the announcement during a speech at the Treasury in London, to an audience of leading business figures (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

The party wants to double onshore wind as part of its plans to transition to more clean energy by 2030.

One of the cheapest forms of new power, it can cut dependence on expensive gas and help slash climate emissions, according to experts.

Energy UK’s chief executive Emma Pinchbeck said: “It’s wonderful to see the brand new Government prioritise planning reforms as a key enabler for financial development and enhancing our power safety.

“Unblocking the planning system, removing the de-facto ban to double onshore wind and ensuring adequate resourcing for planning authorities are crucial steps the industry has long been calling for,” she mentioned.

But she warned that the earlier ban had considerably diminished the pipeline for brand spanking new developments.

Industry physique RenewableUK’s chief government Dan McGrail mentioned that lifting the ban was “lengthy overdue and we’re delighted that Labour has made this one in all its first priorities in workplace.

“This shows that the new Government is determined to act fast to tackle some of the longstanding barriers which have held the UK back on developing vital new clean energy infrastructure.”

He mentioned public help for onshore wind was “sky-high”, with 78 per cent in favour of the know-how in official polling.

Modern generators have been extra environment friendly and highly effective than older wind farms, he added.

Alethea Warrington, senior campaigner at local weather charity Possible, described the announcement as a “really positive step forward for our climate, our economy, and our energy bills”.

“This is a sensible, practical move which reflects the UK public’s strong support for onshore wind, which goes across political parties and every constituency.”