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Wind Power: Scouts and Guides

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will meet representatives from Dorset Scouts to discuss the effect on scouting of the location of wind turbines close to residential scouting activity centres. (206551)

[holding answer 19 May 2008]: Due to heavily committed diaries, I regret that it would not be possible for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State or other Ministers from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) to meet representatives from Dorset Scouts to discuss the effect on scouting of the location of wind turbines close to residential scouting activity centres.

Whether an application for consent for a particular wind farm is dealt with by BERR under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 or by the relevant local planning authority under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Dorset Scouts can put forward their views during the consultation period. Those views would then be taken into account before the decision is made.