SUPPORTERS and opponents of plans to build wind farms in Cheshire will have been keen spectators of a heated debate in the House of Commons.
Peter Luff MP introduced a ten-minute rule bill on the proximity of wind turbines to homes which has gained backing from Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall and Eddisbury MP Stephen O’Brien.
The bill, which is not expected to become law but may be considered by future government, is designed to create a 2km ‘buffer-zone’ around any 125m commercial wind turbines.
If the recommendation was included in future legislation, then developers proposing 21 turbines at Frodsham Marshes, five at Bickerton and five at Rushton, near Tarporley, would have to rethink plans.
Stop Bickerton Wind Turbines protest group chairman Mike Voisey said: “I think it is exactly the way to go.
“The fact of the matter is that wind turbines are noisy. It’d be like living next to a noisy family – they would get an ASBO! It’s the only logical way forward, we are 100% behind Peter Luff.”
Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller described the ten minute rule bill as: “A vehicle to flag up an issue and put down a marker, on a cross party basis, to the government that this is something we have to address.”
He added: “There are very controversial issues that come from the Frodsham Marshes plans such as noise, visual amenity and value of property.”
It is also understood that the bill has drawn support from wind farm developers as it would provide authorities with clarity over location issues and consequently speed up the planning process.
The first reading of the bill took place in the Commons last Friday.