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Browsing: Environment and Farming (40)
Alan attends Anglian Water Treatment Opening

Alan visited Anglian Water with Nick Herbert, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. On the 26th February 2010 Alan Duncan and Nick Herbert opened an Anglian Water treatment plant. This new treatment works will help to...

Alan Urges Caution on Traveller Site

Alan is supporting Rutland Council’s bid to stop a travellers’ site being set up between Ashwell and Langham. Travellers bought the land and have moved on without planning permission. The Council is using the powers that it has to stop them buildi...

Alan criticises Asfordby Windfarm plans

Alan has criticised the consultation process for the construction of a wind farm between Asfordby and Ab Kettleby, on an old colliery site. Alan met with supporters of STOP, the campaign group, on Friday 1 October. Peel, the company proposing to b...

Vodafone tells of two possible new phone masts

Following the defeat in January 2010 of Vodafone's bid to erect a phone mast in Melton Mowbray, the company has now advised that two phone masts are likely to be erected instead. Alan received the letter in response to his demand that the company ...

Alan opposes Asfordby Wind Farm Proposal

Alan Duncan has sided with local campaigners against Peel Energy’s proposal to build a nine turbine wind farm at the old UK Coal site between Asfordby and Ab Kettleby. Alan has previously been briefed by both Peel Energy and members of the STOP c...

Planning consultation "vital" says Alan

Local MP, Alan Duncan, has argued it is vital for constituents to respond to the Government’s new consultation on planning law. The consultation closes on 17 October 2011.  The Government is inviting views on the draft National Planning Policy Fr...

Windfarm opponents look to the sky!

Alan is encouraging residents near the proposed Asfordby wind farm to look to the skies. Opponents of the wind farm, STOP have pooled resources to fund a blimp to fly over the site at the height of the eventual turbines. The blimp will give reside...

Rutland and Melton make the Grade

English Heritage is showcasing the historic buildings and of Rutland and Melton in a new website. The  newly-launched 'National Heritage List for England' shows that in what is one of the most beautiful areas of the country there are 66 Grade I li...

Alan helps net broadband money

Alan Duncan has helped Rutland Council secure £705,000 of central government money for improvements to the County’s broadband. Central Government has allocated £3,880,000 funding for Rutland, Leicester and Leicestershire, £705,000 of which has bee...

Alan Hails £710,000 Rutland Broadband Cash

Alan Duncan has welcomed the Government’s announcement that Rutland will become a pilot for Government funding, available immediately. Alan had supported the County’s bid with several letters to and meetings with Ed Vaizey, the Minister responsib...

Alan comments on Planning Framework Consultation

Many constituents have written to me about planning and the Draft National Planning Policy Framework that was recently opened up to consultation. Please be assured that all your views will be conveyed by me to the Minister for Decentralisation and...

Alan secures blimp victory

  Alan has secured assurance that blimps are to be flown at the site of two proposed wind turbines in Ketton, Rutland. The news follows a protracted effort from Alan to convince the applicant, REG Windpower, to reverse their original refusal to ...

Alan signs town centre charter

On Friday 15th June, Alan visited the farmers’ market in Melton Mowbray to pledge his support for the ‘Love Your Local Market’ fortnight which begins on Saturday 23rd June. The fortnight is part of a current parliamentary campaign called the ‘Cha...

Alan welcomes Asfordby wind farm news

Alan has welcomed the news that Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles will make the final decision on the proposed Asfordby wind farm. In May 2013 Alan spoke out in person at the Public Inquiry into the application to construct ...

Alan objects to proposed Stilton changes

Alan has come out strongly against proposals to weaken the legal protections that cover where and how Stilton cheese can be made. Currently, Stilton cheese can only be produced in the counties of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire acc...

Alan secures Asfordby wind farm rejection

Alan has today received direct confirmation that the proposed Asfordby wind farm has been rejected by the Secretary of State. Alan was told of the decision in a letter this morning from DCLG Minister Kris Hopkins, who wrote: 'Further to your repr...

Alan calls for Stoughton Co-Op Farm to remain agricultural

Alan has today released a letter to the Co-Operative Group in which he calls on them to ensure their current farmland at Stoughton is sold to an agricultural user, not to a developer. The Co-Op recently confirmed its intention to sell off The Co-...

Alan issues Melton blimp call

Alan has backed calls for a blimp to be flown at the site of a potential wind farm in Melton Mowbray. Wind Ventures Ltd are currently consulting on plans to develop a wind farm at Crown Hill, adjacent to the former RAF Melton Mowbray. Residents h...

Alan slams blimp refusal

Alan has strongly criticised the refusal of a potential wind farm applicant to consider flying a blimp. Last week Alan wrote to Wind Ventures Ltd to encourage them to act on the suggestions of local residents and float a blimp to the height of th...

Alan comments on Upper Broughton turbine application

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 turbi...

Alan welcomes Somerby turbine refusal

Alan has warmly welcomed the decision to refuse permission for a controversial wind turbine in Somerby. The application was originally approved in January, but after procedural concerns were raised the Council agreed to a Special Planning Committ...

Alan welcomes Thorpe Satchville turbine news

Alan has welcomed the news that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has confirmed he will recover the appeals into two proposed turbines in Thorpe Satchville, Leicestershire.  Alan had previously called on the Secretary of...

Alan welcomes Stoughton announcement

Sir Alan has welcomed the announcement that the Co-Op farmland at Stoughton has been sold to the Wellcome Trust.  As part of a decision to focus on retail and consumer services, the Co-Op announced in the Spring that it intended to sell off its f...

Alan welcomes Somerby turbine decision

Alan has welcomed the news that the Planning Inspectorate has upheld Melton Borough Council’s rejection of an application to construct a wind turbine at Somerby, Leicestershire. The Inspector, in dismissing the appeal against the decision, sided ...

Alan praises Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan judgement

Alan has welcomed the High Court’s decision to uphold the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan. Larkfleet Homes had sought to challenge the Neighbourhood Plan, which was approved by 92% of Uppingham residents when put to a referendum. Praising the decis...