HC Deb 30 June 2003 vol 408 c77W
Lembit Öpik

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of wind turbines on private and unlicensed aerodromes which operate under the unofficial air safety measures promoted in DoE Circular 2/92; and if she will make a statement. [122035]

Mr. Timms

The Department is responsible for considering electricity generating station consent applications under the Electricity Act for wind farms over 50 megawatts onshore and 1 megawatt offshore in England and Wales. For individual applications developers are expected to consult all the relevant stakeholders including aviation interests in preparing and environment impact statement for any development. Developers are also required to advertise applications both national and locally and this provides a route for interested parties to raise concerns or make representations to the my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. As a matter of course the Department consults the Civil Aviation Authority on individual applications, so that the impact an aviation can be considered.