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Opposition to wind farm activity

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In a late adjournment debate in the House of Commons, a group of Yorkshire MPs protested against the growth of wind farm activity in their areas. They were led by Sir Donald Thompson, MP for Calder Valley, a paid adviser to the British Nuclear Forum. He said wind farms are set to become the next great folly of the planet. In particular, his argument focused on National Wind Power's proposed 44-turbine development at Flaight Hill. He called for a review of existing planning policy guidance on renewables and a reworking of the premium price paid for wind power. Gary Waller, MP for Keighley, suggested more planning applications should be called in for a decision by the environment ministry. Replying to the demands, Board of Trade minister Patrick McLoughlin said "I genuinely believe that planning is done best at local level. It would be quite wrong for central government to decide precisely where wind farms should or should not be built." He stressed that government planning policy guidance states that planning authorities must weigh carefully the government's policies for developing renewable energy sources with those for protecting the environment

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