Valley MP welcomes moves to limit spread of turbines

MP Nigel Evans
MP Nigel Evans

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed moves which should make it more difficult and less financially appealing for firms to site large wind turbines in open countryside.

He spoke out in praise of an announcement that the Conservative manifesto at the 2015 General Election will include the scrapping of wind farm subsidies, as well as the introduction of new powers for local councils which would allow them to block new turbines.

Energy Minister Michael Fallon said there was “no requirement for any more” of the turbines erected across the country, often in large clusters, with little or no regard for the views of local communities.

Speaking from Westminster and reacting to the news, Mr Evans said: “I was delighted to hear today’s announcement, which I hope will give local communities the power to say no to unwanted, unnecessary wind turbines.

“I have long argued that the planning process does not take the genuine concerns of residents into account or make considerations for the negative impact of wind turbines on areas of outstanding natural beauty.

“I hope that this policy will stop further incidences of turbines being imposed on communities without proper consultation, such as the building of turbines in Langho.”