THE MP for Torridge and West Devon will take part in a House of Commons debate on wind turbines in the South West after receiving hundreds of letters from concerned constituents.
Geoffrey Cox, who has been a long time objector of wind turbines in the area, secured tomorrows debate which will cover wind power in the region along with planning applications.
Mr Cox said: “In every corner of Torridge and in parts now of West Devon the proliferation of applications is affecting our communities. Commercial turbine developers wield much greater economic muscle than our small district councils, deploying first division lawyers to argue their case at the hearing of the planning appeal by the inspector.
“As one reads a typical planning inspector's reasoning, one is struck by what appears to be either a philistine incomprehension of the damaging nature of these intrusions into the unspoiled rural nature of our landscape, or a deliberate downplaying of its significance in favour of the supposed benefits of this type of renewable energy.
“It is absurd to suggest that the erection of dozens of these gigantic machines throughout a small district will not ultimately change its entire character.
“I am profoundly disturbed by the stealthy, insidious nature of the threat we face in Torridge and West Devon from wind turbines, and I hope that this debate will enable MPs to press the minister to do more to reduce it.”