Have your say on wind farm plans says Pendle MP

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Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson is encouraging residents in his constituency to let the Government know their views on onshore windfarms.

Pendle has already seen quite a few application to create wind turbines on its hilltops, and a lot of residents have been against the idea.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is undertaking “A Call for Evidence” to examine how communities can have more of a say over hosting windfarms in their communities.

Numerous residents opposed to applications for wind turbines at near Laneshaw Bridge and Higham have recently contacted Andrew and local councillors.

Mr Stephenson said: “We are seeing a big increase in controversial windfarm applications across Pendle and I want to ensure the voice of communities is always properly heard.

“This consultation is the opportunity for residents to let the Government know their views on these developments and the impact they can have on where they live. I have been calling on Ministers to reduce the subsidies available to onshore windfarm developers.

“My hope is that this consultation leads to less money being available for firms to put up turbines that often don’t make economic sense without subsidies and threaten some of the most spectacular landscape in the country.”

Responses to the consultation can be sent to onshorewind@decc.gsi.gov.uk and the deadline is Thursday, November 15th.