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MP’s concerns over rural solar farms
9:12am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
YORK Outer MP Julian Sturdy has raised concerns in Parliament about the impact of large-scale solar farms in the open countryside.
The Tory MP, who says he fears there may be attempts to create such farms in York’s Green Belt, asked Energy Minister Greg Barker what protection a new Government “solar road map” would give greenbelt land.
Mr Barker said the right place to protect important areas such as the green belt was the planning process, adding: “In particular, we must ensure that local people have a proper say.
“That is why I am reminding local planning authorities that they have a duty to enforce that.”
Mr Sturdy said he supported solar power in the ‘right places,’ particularly in industrial areas and on brown field sites, but welcomed a tougher stance by the Government to prevent the countryside being blighted.
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