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Planning: Renewable Energy

Volume 471: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the Merton planning rule requiring onsite renewables on the viability of major new developments. (172878)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Lembit Öpik) on 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1259W, which confirmed that the information required to make the assessments sought is not held centrally and could be assembled from local authorities only at a disproportionate cost.