Ed Miliband – Question 6
Should nationally designated landscapes, such as the Lake District National Park and Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, be ‘no-go’ areas for intrusive new energy infrastructure, including wind farms and pylons?
They’re much less likely to be suitable, and they do get more protection.
I wouldn’t want to say never, though: in exceptional circumstances it may be possible for some limited development to take place without unacceptable impacts on these important sites. It’s also worth bearing in mind that technological change can mean that sites that are currently excluded as locations for particular types of renewable energy development may in future be suitable.