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Bridgwater MP backs move to veto new major wind farms  

Credit:  This is The West Country, www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk 19 April 2012 ~~

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has spoken in favour of moves by ministers to veto new major wind farm developments.

More than 100 backbench Conservative MPs have rebelled against turbines in rural areas in a move to ensure there are no new onshore wind schemes approved, excluding those awaiting planning approval or construction.

Mr Liddell-Grainger said: “I’m absolutely delighted. The one in Puriton was going to ruin a beautiful area and would have produced minimal electricity as well as ruining people’s lives.

“I’m determined to continue to try and stop further development. I have no problem with off shore wind farms as they are not a blight on the countryside.”

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said the ‘wind we need’ was already being built, developed or planned for Britain and stressed concerns over instillations in unsuitable locations including areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Ministers could block major developments of onshore wind under the new Localism Act, which began last month. The £400 million a year in wind farm funding under the Renewable Obligation Certificate could also be reduced.

The government has previously suggested slicing subsidies to onshore wind farms by 10% in response to a fall in building costs.

Source:  This is The West Country, www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk 19 April 2012

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