NIGEL Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley, has welcomed the announcement that the Conservative manifesto at the 2015 General Election will include the scrapping of wind farm subsidies and new powers for local councils to allow them to block new turbines.

Energy Minister Michael Fallon has said there is ‘no requirement for any more’ of the turbines built across the country with little or no regard for the views of local communities.

Mr Evans said: “I was delighted to hear the announcement, which I hope will give local communities the power to say no to unwanted, unnecessary wind turbines. I have long argued that the planning process does not take the genuine concerns of residents into account or make considerations for the negative impact on areas of outstanding natural beauty.

“I hope this will stop further incidences of turbines being imposed on communities such as the building of turbines in Langho.”