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Renewable Energy

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on (a) wind farms and (b) single windmills adjacent to residential areas. [120736]

Chapter 4 of the Energy White Paper sets out the Government's policy for the promotion of renewable energy, including wind energy, as part of a move towards a low carbon economy.The annex to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Policy Planning Guidance Note 22 (PPG22) contains guidelines on various factors to be taken into consideration in relation to wind turbine location, including suggestions about turbine separation distances from residential dwellings. PPG22 is currently being reviewed, and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister plans to consult on draft revised guidance later this year.