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Defence Estates

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests for re-powering consented projects submitted to the Defence Estates using his Department's developers pro forma have been objected to since its introduction. (184417)

The information is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, as soon as it becomes apparent that a proposal is for re-powering of an existing scheme (as opposed to a proposal for an entirely new development) that is taken into account when deciding whether or not to raise a concern.

Recent examples where developers have addressed our concerns in regard to re-powering wind farm proposals include cases at Goonhilly, Cornwall and Blyth Harbour, Northumberland. Consequently, in those cases, the Ministry of Defence will not be objecting to the planning applications.