City MP Stewart Jackson was today continuing his battle to stop Peterborough City Council’s plans for huge renewable energy parks on farmland to the East of Peterborough to Westminster.
Mr Jackson secured a Parliamentary Debate to raise his concerns about Peterborough City Council’s proposals for land at Newborough and Thorney in his constituency. The Adjournment Debate took place in Westminster Hall and received a response from the Minster of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker MP.
Peterborough City Council produced plans which create three renewable energy parks on 900 acres of prime farmland and, to date, has spent £1.8 million on the scheme. The scheme does not have planning approval.
Mr Jackson criticised what he said was poor financial modelling, conflicts of interest, a lack of public consultation, a lack of scrutiny and democratic accountability and the £1.8 million already spent on the plans.
Mr Jackson’s full speech and the Minister’s response is available on Hansard at
Stewart Jackson said:
“I felt the need to call the debate today due to the very significant and widespread concerns of my constituents in rural areas about this huge plan for an energy park at a size the equivalent of 700 football pitches.
I wanted to highlight to the Minister how the City Council’s plan on greenfield land doesn’t meet the Government’s evolving planning policies.
This was a great opportunity to raise this issue and the profile of the scheme. I thought it was important to make the Minister aware of the very real problems with these plans and my constituents’ serious concerns.”