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Wind Farms

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have held with Concordia since its formation in relation to wind farm development in Northern Ireland; what correspondence there has been between his Department and Concordia in this period; and if he will make a statement. (102523)

Since Concordia's formation, no meetings have been held between them and the Secretary of State, or his officials, in relation to wind farm development in Northern Ireland. There has been no correspondence between the Departments involved in wind farm development and Concordia.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long the Planning Service took to process planning applications made by (a) private individuals and (b) businesses for wind farms in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (102522)

The average processing times for those wind farm applications determined in each year since 2002 are set out as follows. None of the applications determined during this period have been from private individuals, all have been from businesses. In all of these applications there has been a requirement for the applicant to submit further environmental information.

Number of applications

Average processing time (months)

2002

0

n/a

2003

4

27

2004

1

18

2005

3

14

20061

3

21

1 To date.

Note:

It is important to note that due to the small number of wind farm applications an average processing time scale can be misleading. Each site differs in terms of the size, scale and location of the proposal and the quality of the environmental information submitted with the application will greatly influence the processing time.