Minister meets Islanders over Parkhurst turbine concerns

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, April 10, 2014



CONCERNS about plans for wind turbines on Ministry of Justice land on the Isle of Wight have been raised with prisons minister Jeremy Wright.

In a meeting last week, organised by MP Andrew Turner to discuss the plans for turbines at Parkhurst Forest, acoustic consultant Dr John Yelland, resident Roy Scott and Cllr Richard Hollis spoke of their fears.

The plans have been put forward by Partnerships for Renewables, which is responsible for turbine projects on a number of publicly-owned sites around the country.

Concerns have been raised about noise, property prices and questions about how the community would benefit.

According to a statement issued by Mr Turner today (Wednesday), Cllr Hollis told Mr Wright: "The proposed Turbines would not only blight the lives of existing residents, but they would also blight prison land and any future possible development at Camp Hill."

Mr Turner added: "The minister listened carefully to the points made by Dr Yelland, Cllr Hollis and Mr Scott.

"He was most concerned to be shown a PfR brochure sporting the Ministry of Justice logo, implying the backing of the MoJ. The land is currently leased to PfR by the Ministry of Justice and the Minister agreed to look at what options exist to take back control of the land."

Dr Yelland said: "Residents have been appalled by the way this planning application has been handled by PfR, and they claim to be working on behalf of the Ministry of Justice."

He said they were confident of a significant outcome.

*A spokesman for PfR said the proposal was for a site on a field owned by the MoJ and not within the actual forest and the MoJ was confident there would be no adverse impact on any future development at Camp Hill.

"PfR went through a very vigorous environmental assessment of the site at Camp Hill before the planning application was submitted and discussions are continuing with several consultees.   We hope the planning application will be determined by Isle of Wight Council soon," he said.

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