Renewables developer Broadview has had a planning application for the three-turbine Bicton windfarm refused by communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles.

Since June 2013, Pickles has intervened in 56 windfarm applications, and has refused 30 of the 33 applications on which he has ruled. Prime Minister David Cameron has recently suggested that the UK public is “fed-up” with onshore wind turbines and that there had already been enough development to meet 2020 targets.

Broadview managing director Jeffrey Corrigan said: “The scale of the interventions, the delays to the planning process and the substantial number of refusals make a very clear statement about the Conservative Party’s policy toward climate change and the cost of energy to consumers. Bicton and many of the other onshore wind projects refused by Eric Pickles could have provided renewable energy to the UK at a competitive price.”

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