MP in a spin over more turbines threat

Andrea Leadsom, South Northants MP

Andrea Leadsom, South Northants MP

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MP Andrea Leadsom wants to protect South Northants’s natural beauty from the blemish of wind farms and give villagers the final say on turbines.

It comes after senior Labour figures assured onshore wind farm companies that there will be a substantial increase in the number of turbines.

But Mrs Leadsom has hit out at Labour by saying a Conservative government would ensure large-scale wind farms would be determined through a locally-led planning system - not from a national regime.

She said: “Many residents in South Northamptonshire, who have already endured a disproportionately high number of wind turbine applications, will be appalled to hear about these plans for a massive expansion of onshore wind.

“Now that we have enough onshore wind power to meet our renewables target we should be ending bill payer funded subsidies for newly planned projects and give local communities the decisive say on them, but only a Conservative government that would deliver that.”

“The Conservatives are determined to protect our local natural beauty for our children and grandchildren.”

Last week, The Times reporter that Labour has said it is ‘technology neutral’ on the question of how to meet Britain’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

But, senior Labour figures have assured onshore wind farm companies that there will be a substantial increase in the number of turbines and that new projects will continue to ‘attract subsidies’.

Earlier this year, Eric Pickles overturned his planning inspector’s recommendation and refused permission for five 125m high wind turbines in Greatworth.