Lords blast Government’s onshore wind changes impact assesment

The Government’s attempts to devolve planning decisions for onshore wind lack have been criticised by the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee for containing “insufficient information”

In a scathing report focusing on the Draft Infrastructure Planning (Onshore Wind Generating Stations) Order 2016 and the Onshore Wind Generating Stations (Exemption) (England and Wales) Order 2016, the committee said: ”We draw these Orders to the special attention of the House on the ground that the explanatory material laid in support provides insufficient information to gain a clear understanding about the instruments’ policy objective and intended implementation.”

It went on to add: “We would comment that an Impact Assessment that fails to make key assessments and avoids estimating important impacts is hardly worthy of the name.”

Read more: Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee - Twenty-Third Report