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Tory rebels seek to reverse onshore wind farms ban in England

Prime minister Rishi Sunak is under pressure to drop the government’s de facto ban on onshore wind in England with rebel Tory MPs set to force the issue to a House of Commons vote in the coming days.

Simon Clarke, who was levelling-up secretary under former prime minister Liz Truss, has tabled an amendment to the levelling-up and regeneration bill which is currently before Parliament.

Clarke said the politics around wind turbines had changed since the Cameron ban seven years ago. “I think there is such a compelling case in terms of economic, environmental and political rationale as well as energy security, to put decisions on wind farms in the hands of local communities rather than having a hardline block,” he said.


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