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English Heritage: Planning

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which planning applications for renewable energy projects English Heritage have objected to in the last five years. (234843)

English Heritage has a statutory role in the planning process to provide advice to local authorities on planning applications that impact on the historic environment. English Heritage is consulted on approximately 16,000 planning cases a year. Since May 2004, English Heritage estimates it has been consulted on approximately 100 renewable energy projects and has raised concerns about just over 20 of these. Figures prior to this period are available only at disproportionate cost. The projects are set out in the following table.

Region

Formal applications consulted on

Number for which concerns raised

Project

Yorkshire

41

5

Ivy House, Rectory Road, Roos, East Riding

Hall Farm, Routh, East Riding

Chelker Reservoir, Craven, North Yorks

Brightenber Hill, Skipton, Craven, North Yorks

Grange Wind Farm, Flixborough Grange, North Lincs

North West

4

2

Brownrigg Hall, Allonby, Allerdale, Cumbria

Howes Farm, Skelton, Cumbria

North East

11

4

Green Rigg Fell, Ray Farm and Steadings, Tyneside (originally a single application but effectively became three interlinking schemes)

Kiln Pit Hill, Tyneside

East Midlands

8

3

Thackson’s Well Wind Farm, Long Bennington, South Kesteven, Lincs

Ellands Farm, Barnwell Road, Hemington, East Northants

Swinford Farm, Stanford, Leics

West Midlands

3

1

Lower Farm, Bearstone, Market Drayton, Shrops

South East

6

2

North Downs Wind Farm, Langdon, Dover

Gas Pressure Reducing Station, Juggs Road, Kingston Near Lewes, East Sussex

East of England

15

3

Bradwell Wind Farm

Hemsby, Yarmouth

Nr Toseland Hall, Cambs

South West

13

2

Batsworthy Cross, Knowstone, North Devon

Morwenstow, North Cornwall

London

0

0

Total

101

22

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the policy is of English Heritage on planning applications for renewable energy projects. (234844)

English Heritage has a statutory role in the planning process to provide advice to local authorities on planning applications that impact on the historic environment. Within that context, English Heritage is supportive of renewable energy projects. It has been successfully encouraging pre-application discussion for all development proposals, including for renewable energy schemes, with the aim of ensuring that by the time a formal application is submitted, it takes full account of the historic environment and is therefore more likely to be successful.