From Prime Ministers Question Time – 29th February 2012

This was picked up by the Taw Turbine Action Group ( to whom we extend our thanks) from Prime Ministers Question time (at approximately 12.54 minutes).

Ian Swales (Redcar) (LD):

In my area, there are plans for 120 metre-high wind turbines between the beautiful villages of New Marske and Upleatham, which are less than a mile apart. Does the Prime Minster agree that such giant turbines should not be built so close to residnetial areas without local people having a say?

The Prime Minister:

We want to see a balanced energy policy and there is a place for renewable technologies in such a policy. We are making two changes that I think will be welcome to the hon. Gentleman. First we are cutting the subsidy to onshore wind, because I think it has been over-subsidised and wasteful of public money.

Secondly, when the Localism Act 2011 full comes in, that will give local communities a greater say about issues such as wind turnines. Of course, we tried to do that earlier by abolishing the regional spatial stratgies that the previous Government put in place, but we lost that case in the courts so we need the Localism Act to come into force in full.


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