Alan has today written to the Chief Executives of both Rushcliffe and Melton Borough Councils calling on them to ensure Melton residents are not excluded from the debate over a proposed wind turbine at Upper Broughton.
The proposed 67 metre turbine would fall just over the border, in the Rushcliffe constituency, but would be clearly visible from within Melton, at Nether Broughton and elsewhere.
A number of constituents have expressed concern, leading Alan to approach the Councils for confirmation that there will be a chance for proper cross-border co-operation.
Alan said: ‘This is first and foremost a matter for Rushcliffe Borough Council as the responsible planning authority. It is therefore entirely proper that Ken Clarke, as the local MP, takes the lead on this as it is his patch. It is obvious, however, that visual impact doesn’t respect council boundaries and so it is vital that residents on the Melton side of the border are properly consulted as well. I have called on both Melton and Rushcliffe to ensure there is proper cross-border communication on this application and that the views on our side of the fence are properly considered.’