Industry Minister Maud Olofsson is now demanding a change to the law:
“We cannot have lots of cases in the courts all the time. Fundamentally, we need a planning law that is easier and quicker,” she told SVT.
The government is to set up an inquiry to carry out a review of regulations and make proposals for how the building process can be expedited. The inquiry will be led by Ulf Andersson, a former chief counsel in the Department of the Environment. The inquiry will report at the end of 2008.
At the end of 2004 the then-ruling Social Democrats reached an agreement with their allies in the Left Party and with Olofsson’s Centre Party to expedite the building of large, sea-based wind farms.
In 2006 the Social Democratic government relaxed environmental regulations governing the building of wind farms, but requirements for planning consent remained.