The Government is facing a legal challenge from a campaign group which claims it is “stubbornly refusing” to back new onshore wind projects.
The move follows the Government’s revised policy on energy infrastructure recently coming into force. The Good Law Project said onshore wind power is still excluded from the list of projects with national significance.
It has begun legal action to force ministers to explain why onshore wind has been excluded.
The organisation’s Legal Director Emma Dearnaley said since planning rules were changed in 2015, it has faced higher barriers than any other infrastructure projects.
“In the middle of a climate crisis, Ministers are focusing their efforts on keeping the fossil fuel industry thriving for decades to come,” she said.
The Government has responded by pointing out the UK has a world leading renewables sector.
“The streamlined National Planning Policy ensures councils can respond more flexibly to the views of their local communities when they wish to host onshore wind by looking at the views of the whole community, rather than a small minority, when considering a planning application,” it said.