Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart is seeking clarification from the Ministry of Defence on its objections to the development of some small-scale wind turbines in the constituency.
Mr Stuart said, “There are a number of small to medium sized enterprises who want to put up a small turbine to meet their own energy needs but these developments are being blocked by the Ministry of Defence due to the possibility of interference to their new radar system at RAF Staxton Wold.
This unexpected delay is jeopardising the viability of businesses in my constituency and we must act quickly to find a solution. It costs a lot of money to develop a small scale wind turbine to a stage where it can be submitted for planning and a number of businesses are understandably annoyed that they are being blocked so far down the line when their original consultations with the MoD raised no concerns with the developments.
“While I accept that military radars are a critical component in protecting UK airspace and in providing a safe Air Traffic Control service, I will be speaking personally to the Minister, Mark Francois MP, to highlight my concerns about the impact the MoD objections are having on my constituents and their ability to do business, save money, and use renewable energy. I will be urging him to ensure that his officials do everything they can to work with developers to ensure that acceptable mitigation measures can be identified.”