To: Theodore Huckle QC Counsel General to Welsh Assembly

Change undemocratic Welsh planning law

Change undemocratic Welsh planning law

Please will you arrange for the amendment of the law (Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)(Wales) Order 2012) with respect to the classification of applications for large single wind turbines so that publicity requirements ensure that all affected residents and nearby communities are adequately informed and consulted and their democratic rights upheld.

Why is this important?

The planning law below permits a single A4 notice somewhere near the site to be the only notification required to inform rural residents and local communities of an application for large, commercial wind turbine; no letters, no leaflets, no press notices. This is because the size of the base area permits it to be classified as a ‘minor’ application. This means many residents would never get an opportunity to submit objections within the 21 day ‘deadline’ due to their age, infirmity and isolation or simply by not hearing about it.
Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)(Wales) Order 2012 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2012/801/made
The relevant extract from that legislation is in the section: (5) and (6) Publicity for applications for planning permission, Part 2 – Applications.

Wales, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • having had 2 large turbines placed behind my house less than 500m away under planning delegated powers despite objections, I'm unimpressed with local planning policy.which does everything to impose these things on us and not have any discussion with the communities concerned
  • Planning for industrial machines cannot go on being dealt with in the same way as domestic developments.Planning process is not fit for this purpose! Act now.
  • I believe that Britain is still a democracy. Government at all levels should bend over backwards to ensure people can influence decisions of this nature.

Updates

2014-10-14 18:57:47 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-09-08 02:22:03 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-09-05 21:27:10 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-08-28 06:37:49 +0100

10 signatures reached