Planning authority decisions in Wales must in future be considered under a national framework for renewable energy, according to fresh guidance issued by the Assembly Government.
Any plans must reflect various policy statements designed to cut down on the use of polluting energy sources and switch to low-carbon options, the document argues.
The updated Planning Policy Wales comes on the back of last year’s energy policy statement which described how Wales could make the transition.
Environment minister Jane Davidson said: “The planning system has an important role to play. It encourages planning authorities to actively plan for low-carbon projects and to assess their own potential to accommodate them, which can only be good news for a greener and cleaner Wales.
“The Welsh Assembly Government said the updated planning policy is designed to complement last year’s energy policy statement that maps out how Wales could make the switch to low-carbon energy.”