Rishi Sunak's U-turn on windfarms reflects the Tories' failure to protect rural England | Simon Jenkins
As the Conservatives squabble over planning and housing targets, England's countryside is being destroyedThe English countryside is sick. It can feel as though a day never passes without its green and pleasant land falling victim to the threat of windfarms, coalmines, solar arrays and housing estates. Boris Johnson seemed to want a turbine in every field. Liz Truss wanted "investment zones" even in protected areas. Rishi Sunak called for 300,000 new houses a year - until he didn't.This week the new environment secretary, Thér?se Coffey, could not enlighten a Commons committee on her policy for farms, given the shambles of Brexit. Meanwhile, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, found himself capitulating to onshore windfarms one minute and a coalmine in Whitehaven the next. As for Labour's Keir Starmer, he savaged Sunak for abandoning housing targets the same week as he said he would stop telling local councils what to do.Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/dec/08/rishi-sunak-windfarms-tories-england-planning-housing
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