Sharp rise in percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected

Figures show that the percentage of rejections in the UK jumped from 25-29% in 2009-12 to 41% in 2013

The percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected rose dramatically in the UK last year, leading the renewable energy trade body to accuse the Conservative party of "heavy-handed intervention" in the planning process.

Last summer, Eric Pickles urged planners to give greater weight to local concerns over windfarm applications, saying "current planning decisions on onshore wind are not always reflecting a locally led planning system".

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