The NEPG is the Northumberland Environmental Policy Group which consists of members of N&N who are looking at the renewables section of the draft Core strategy document currently being created by Northumberland county Council.
On 12 June 2015 members of NEPG met with Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP for North Northumberland to discuss in the heritage and visual impacts that further wind development in Northumberland pose. The group stressed the House of Lords debate of September 2014 which had highlighted the particular predicament of Northumberland. The group felt that Anne-Marie Trevelyan was willing to listen to our arguments and take matters forward by petitioning the Secretary of State for Department for Energy and Climate Change as well as the Department of Communities and Local Government, in the light of the Conservative manifesto promises to end on shore wind subsidy. As events transpired in the week following the Secretaries of State for the two departments issued written statements and subsequently responded to questions in the House of Commons reassuring MPs and others that this Government considers there is no need for further onshore wind power and means to end onshore wind subsidy and empower local communities to resist unwanted wind development. Our cooperation with Anne-Marie Trevelyan continues. Currently we have instructed our professional planning advisor to brief us as to the planning implications of the recent Secretaries of State statements. We are hoping to discuss this advice with Anne-Marie Trevelyan as well as NCC officers so as to ensure that the evolving County Plan adequately reflects the changing national attitudes to on shore wind development.
Lester Sher Chairman of Northumberland environmental Policy Group (NEPG)