Decisions over major Welsh energy projects are to remain with the UK government, officials confirmed today.
Energy minister Charles Hendry confirmed that control of government policy on major energy projects in England and Wales is to remain with the secretary of state for energy and climate change.
Hendry said a “streamlined” planning process which minimises delays is best achieved with a “unified” planning system for England and Wales, subject to the Localism Bill.
“There is no compelling evidence to support such a change,” added Wales office minister David Jones. “Developers of new energy projects in Wales need a streamlined decision-making process that can be relied on.” Energy policy in Wales was debated in Westminster Hall yesterday.