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MP Peter Luff seeks ban on wind turbines within 1km of homes

The MP for Mid Worcestershire has called for a ban on commercial wind turbines being constructed within a kilometre of people's homes. ...Speaking after visiting a public exhibition organised by Scottish Power Renewables at Norton and Lenchwick parish hall, the Conservative MP said: "These are effectively 40-storey high structures in open countryside - they must be a reasonable distance from homes.

The MP for Mid Worcestershire has called for a ban on commercial wind turbines being constructed within a kilometre of people's homes.

Peter Luff said proposals for a wind farm close to Bishampton, near Pershore, would see some turbines little more than 600 metres from houses.

Speaking after visiting a public exhibition organised by Scottish Power Renewables at Norton and Lenchwick parish hall, the Conservative MP said: "These are effectively 40-storey high structures in open countryside - they must be a reasonable distance from homes.

"I support the development of some onshore wind generating capacity in England, but these enormous turbines would be among the largest ever constructed at an onshore site in the UK."

A formal planning application for the wind farm is expected to be submitted in November.

Mr Luff added: "I will be waiting for the formal position of all the local parish councils on that application before reaching a final conclusion myself.

"However, I am increasingly unconvinced that the relatively small amount of electricity that... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The MP for Mid Worcestershire has called for a ban on commercial wind turbines being constructed within a kilometre of people's homes.

Peter Luff said proposals for a wind farm close to Bishampton, near Pershore, would see some turbines little more than 600 metres from houses.

Speaking after visiting a public exhibition organised by Scottish Power Renewables at Norton and Lenchwick parish hall, the Conservative MP said: "These are effectively 40-storey high structures in open countryside - they must be a reasonable distance from homes.

"I support the development of some onshore wind generating capacity in England, but these enormous turbines would be among the largest ever constructed at an onshore site in the UK."

A formal planning application for the wind farm is expected to be submitted in November.

Mr Luff added: "I will be waiting for the formal position of all the local parish councils on that application before reaching a final conclusion myself.

"However, I am increasingly unconvinced that the relatively small amount of electricity that would be generated by this scheme is worth the damage it would do."

Planners and residents have been accused of nimbyism over wind turbines, even though the Government is trying to stimulate development as part of a drive towards a greener economy.

Earlier this month, energy and climate secretary Ed Miliband announced that the Government would be giving grants to offshore turbine companies to build the world's biggest wind turbine blades in the UK.

The Government is set to invest £4.4 million in Clipper Windpower, based in the north east, to develop a prototype 70-metre blade for its wind turbine project.

On top of this, Artemis Intelligent Power will be given £1 million to transfer its existing technology from automotive to wind energy and Siemens Wind Power will receive £1.1 million to develop the next-generation power convertors.

Mr Miliband rejected calls to nationalise the wind turbine business, which were first raised after the Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight closed with the loss of 600 jobs.

But he said at the time: "The UK is consolidating its lead in offshore wind energy. We already have more offshore wind energy than any other country, we have the biggest wind farm in the world about to start construction, and now we'll see the biggest turbine blades in the world made here in Britain.

"Our coastline means the offshore wind industry has the potential to employ tens of thousands of workers by 2020, manufacturing, transporting, installing and operating new turbines."

Planners have struggled to find places to put wind turbines. In August, plans to build three wind turbines at a former opencast mine in south Staffordshire were withdrawn after pressure from an anti-turbine group.

Energy company Harworth Power told Cannock Chase Council that it had withdrawn the application for the former Bleak House opencast mining site, between Heath Hayes and Chase Terrace.

Bleak House Wind Farm Action Group had campaigned against the plan.


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SEP 24 2009
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