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County MPs back wind farms attack
6:13pm Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
WIND farms are being “imposed on communities” and should be stopped from “peppering” the countryside.
That’s the view of the Government’s energy minister, who has ordered a re-examination of the case for onshore wind power.
John Hayes’ comments have been backed by MPs in Worcestershire and residents in rural parts of the county.
Earlier this year controversial proposals were revealed for a huge wind turbine as large as Big Ben in a field next to the motocross track at junction six of the M5 by Tibberton, which was eventually rejected.
And last year a similar bid for five wind turbines on land at Bishampton Bank in the Lenches, near Evesham, was thrown out by Wychavon District Council after a public protest.
Colin Besford, from Tibberton, one of the protesters against the M5 turbine, said: “It was rejected because it would ruin the countryside – nobody wanted it.”
Mr Hayes has labelled the spread of turbines “extraordinary” and wants them halted until the case for them is looked at again.
He said: “We can no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities.
“I can’t single-handedly build a new Jerusalem but I can protect our green and pleasant land.
“We have issued a call for evidence on wind. That is about cost but also about community buy-in.
“We need to understand communities’ genuine desires. We will form our policy in the future on the basis of that, not on a bourgeois Left article of faith based on some academic perspective.”
The minister said new research on wind turbines would make a far wider assessment of their impact on the rural landscape and property prices. “I have asked the planning minister to look again at the relationship between these turbines and the landscape, he said.
Worcester MP Robin Walker said: “Wind turbines can be good in some areas but equally, not appropriate in others, and ultimately as long as the local planning system is robust, as seems to be the case in Worcestershire, we can protect against that.”