UN ruling casts doubt on future of wind farms

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The future of UK wind farms could be under threat after a United Nations tribunal said that the Government acted illegally by denying the public decision-making powers over their approval.

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By Peter Dominiczak, Political Correspondent

8:35AM BST 28 Aug 2013

 

The ruling by the UN committee, which also criticised the UK’s failure to give people the “necessary information” about the benefits or negative impacts of turbines, could call into question the legal validity of future wind farms unless Government policy is changed.

The United Nations Economic Commission Europe has declared that the UK flouted Article 7 of the Aarhus Convention, which states that members must be allowed to fully participate in environmental issues, it has been reported.

It comes amid a growing Coalition row over wind farms.

Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, has commissioned a report on the impact turbines have on the countryside and house prices.

However, the Telegraph understands that officials in the energy department, run by Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat, have attempted to block the study.

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