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Wind power planning "logjam" builds up

Local authorities are “dragging their feet” over the mounting number of planning applications for small scale wind turbines, according to renewable energy company Eco Environments.

The company said local authorities have allowed a “massive logjam” of applications to build up, meaning the government’s Feed-in-Tariff scheme has failed to hasten the number of homeowners and businesses considering installing turbines.

There is believed to be as much as a full year’s worth of wind turbines stuck in the planning process.

Eco Environments director David Hunt said: “The biggest problem is the total lack of a consistent approach from councils across the UK. There are a handful of councils who have a strong green agenda and are happy to support Government initiatives, but the majority are still stuck in the dark ages.

“We have a number of customers whose applications for small scale wind turbines are stuck in planning and we know of hundreds more across the UK in a similar position.”

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