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London's Landscape

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

What are you doing to ensure any new on-shore wind turbines are in keeping with London's landscape?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Maximising renewable energy generation in London is one of my key objectives, which will contribute towards London becoming a zero-carbon city, as set out in my 1.5⁰C compatible plan.

On-shore wind has an important role in decarbonising the national electricity grid and I am pleased that government has reversed its decision and is supporting this technology.

However, its application in urban environments, such as London, is limited. The space needed and the density of development in large parts of London does not allow for the available airflow to make such schemes successful in most areas of the city.

As and when applications come forward in areas where there is sufficient available airflow, they will be assessed in line with relevant policies in my London Plan, which consider the appropriateness of proposals and impacts they may have on the built and natural environment, including in relation to the Green Belt.