Eric Pickles has been subjected to criticism recently by Ecotricity’s Dale Vince. Vince decidedly put an end to developing any future wind energy projects in England, claiming Pickles was making the planning process impossible. And it seems Mr Vince is not the only one who has had enough.
RenewableUK, the UK’s leading not for profit renewable energy trade association, has called on the Royal Town Planning Institute to stop the “excessive” interference of Pickles. In an open letter, the trade body has called attention to a number of examples and argued that his actions are bringing onshore wind development in England to a grinding halt. A whopping 88 per cent of the 24 projects reviewed by the Secretary of State have been refused.
They argue decision making should be made by qualified planning professionals and Pickles should not have had the opportunity to extend his recovery powers.
The letter, which is co-signed by companies including EDF, REG, ScottishPower Renewables and EnergieKontor, have expressed concerns over his controlling behaviour. Rather than giving power back to communities, Mr Pickles has further centralised decision making and made a horror show out of wind energy developments in the UK.