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Support for MP’s turbine bill  

Credit:  Daventry Express, www.daventryexpress.co.uk 19 November 2010 ~~

Giving councils more powers over wind farms was the idea put to Parliament by Daventry’s MP on Wednesday)

Chris Heaton-Harris introduced his idea under the 10-minute rule after Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs).

He was given the House of Commons’ support to introduce a bill that would allow local planning authorities to set their own minimum distance between onshore wind turbines of certain sizes from the nearest home.

Mr Heaton-Harris told the Commons: “My proposals give people in areas affected by these wind turbines a real say.

“These sort of developments should only be allowed when the local community has not only been consulted, but have had their say on a development that will change the nature of the area in which they live.”

However, one MP opposing the proposal said: “I rise to oppose this because it runs the risk of feeding the objections of the irrational minority that have decided they don’t like wind and will use any reason to oppose them.”

He said he foresaw developers using the rule to force through turbine applications in certain areas and that local authorities already have the power under planning rules to set minimum distances on a case-by-case basis.

Before the debate Mr Heaton-Harris had said: “I’m lucky to have got the spot, and with it being straight after PMQs I’m hoping there will be a lot of members in the chamber.

“The bill fits in well with issues constituents have expressed to me, but also with the whole localism agenda because it gives power to the local planners – the people on the ground who are best able to make these decisions using local knowledge.”

Separating turbines and houses can help solve problems like blade flicker and noise.

Mr Heaton-Harris organised a meeting on Wednesday last week to see what support other MPs would give.

His proposed bill, supported by South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom, and Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, will have its second reading in July 2011.

Source:  Daventry Express, www.daventryexpress.co.uk 19 November 2010

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