Solar Farms and Battery Storage

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:07 pm on 8th June 2022.

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Photo of Anthony Mangnall Anthony Mangnall Conservative, Totnes 5:07 pm, 8th June 2022

Thank you, Mr Paisley; I shall be brief. You were very kind to describe the speech of my hon. Friend James Gray as a sermon on the mount, and I am happy to be a disciple on this matter. My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise this issue; as ever, I find that when we talk about planning there is the opportunity for Members across this House to come together.

I have four points, which I will make quickly. First, as I heard in yesterday’s debate on neighbourhood planning, the new NPPF policy will come forward in July. It is absolutely essential, as my hon. Friend the Member for North Wiltshire said, that we engage with local communities and listen to the voices of both local authorities and residents. We must take that opportunity to do so.