UK Energy Minister John Hayes believes a major rethink is needed on the siting of new windfarms.
There has been friction between him and his boss, Energy Secretary Ed Davey, over his lack of support for renewable energy.
Mr Hayes said yesterday: “We’ve got to have community ownership, we’ve got to have the sense that the right things are put in the right places with backing from local communities.
“The secretary of state Mr Davey said on that very issue, and I echo his words, ‘the government is clear that meeting our energy objectives is no excuse for building windfarms in the wrong place’.”
But Joss Blamire, policy manager for trade body Scottish Renewables, defended the current approach. She said: “The strength of our robust planning system in Scotland is in the fact that developers work closely with communities at every stage of renewable energy development.”