Chris Heaton-Harris MP: “billions of pounds of planning blight because of wind turbines”

Posted: August 26, 2013 by tallbloke in government, Incompetence, Legal, Nuclear power, Politics, Robber Barons, Shale gas, wind

NowindFrom the Telegraph:

Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, has commissioned a consultancy to investigate whether renewable technologies – including wind turbines – lower house prices in the countryside.

Chris Heaton-Harris, the Conservative MP for Daventry, said:

“Wind farms definitely affect house prices and it is highly likely that this report will come to that conclusion…I would expect there to be billions of pounds of planning blight because of wind turbines close to properties…. It’s almost like elements of DECC are acting like a mafia … now you’ve got DECC trying to stick its dirty great footprints all over another department’s work. While this is unsurprising, it will all unravel in the end and I’m sure the evidence will come out soon that proves a number of these points correct.”

He said that one of his constituents had seen the value of their £700,000 property fall by £250,000 because of approved plans for a wind turbine.

Glyn Davies, the Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, said:

“I’m expecting this report to find that house prices will be reduced over the country by a measure of billions. It is my view that any unbiased study will show that. What is absolutely crucial is that this report is allowed to come out.” He added: “I can’t see how anyone wouldn’t want the public to know the conclusions – irrespective of what the report says.”

A spokesman for Defra said:

“It is our role to rural-proof policy. We need to ensure that energy is generated in a way that is sustainable. Sustainability includes the economic as well as social and environmental impacts.”

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph today, Mr Davey says:

“My department is not blocking a Defra report on the impact of wind farms…. The Government is committed to moving to a secure, affordable, low carbon energy system, without excessively relying on any single technology…. So, this cross-government study will look at maximising the benefits and minimising the negative impacts of all technologies, including shale gas and nuclear.”

Jennifer Webber, of RenewableUK, said:

“All the expert academic research published in this country and abroad over the last few years shows there’s no conclusive evidence to suggest that wind farms affect house prices.”

David Cameron this month said:

people should not “expect to see a lot more wind power onshore in the UK” and that there was a “limited potential for onshore wind”.

  1. Daedalus says:

    Now, would I buy a house with a view of a windmill? Errrrmh NO! Not at any price. I would not buy a house on a busy main road either nor a chocolate box cottage with the most gorgeous garden if it was in the wrong place; would I pay more for said cottage if it was in the right place? Almost certainly yes if I could afford to buy it, because we all know there would be a queue of prospective buyers for it. Now would those buyers be there if the cottage had a nice view of a windmill 100 yards away? If the buyers are not queuing up the price has to alter to reflect that. And it wont be up.


  2. J Martin says:

    When it comes to windmills I share the views of Don Quixote. They are dragons that should not be part of the rural landscape nor part of the seascape. I would certainly not buy a house with a view of one.

    There are opportunities for speculators in this, if one were to consider that windmills are essentially unsustainable and will eventually fall into disuse, disrepair and finally be demolished.

  3. Brian H says:

    Have they heard of the 3-word priorities of the real estate market? “Location, location, location”. Here in Vancouver BC, virtual shacks sell for >$1,000,000 if they’ve got a good view.

    Windmills do not make for good views!

  4. oldbrew says:

    The Independent reported 2 days ago:

    Exclusive: UN ruling puts future of UK wind farms in jeopardy

    Tribunal warns that the Government acted illegally by denying public participation

    ‘The United Nations Economic Commission Europe has declared that the UK flouted Article 7 of the Aarhus Convention, which requires full and effective public participation on all environmental issues and demands that citizens are given the right to participate in the process.’

    Victory for campaigners Pat Swords and Christine Metcalfe. But what if anything happens next?