The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) recently commissioned a consultancy to look into the impact of renewable energy developments on house prices.
The Telegraph has since reported that sources within the coalition government have revealed that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is trying to stop the report being published.
Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, who commissioned the report, has stated that he will publish the research as soon as it is finished.
Energy secretary, Ed Davey has denied that the DECC is in any way impeding research.
‘Wind farms definitely affect house prices’
Conservative MP for Daventry, Chris Heaton-Harris, said: “Wind farms definitely affect house prices and it is highly likely that this report will come to that conclusion.
“I would expect there to be billions of pounds of planning blight because of wind turbines close to properties.”
Speaking about DECC’s alleged involvement, he said: “It’s almost like elements of DECC are acting like a mafia … now you’ve got DECC trying to stick its dirty great footprints all over another department’s work.
“While this is unsurprising, it will all unravel in the end and I’m sure the evidence will come out soon that proves a number of these points correct.”
Jennifer Webber, director of external affairs for RenewableUK, said: “All the expert academic research published in this country and abroad over the last few years shows there’s no conclusive evidence to suggest that wind farms affect house prices.”
Davey denies blocking report
Davey has vehemently rejected claims that the DECC was interfering with the publication of the report.
In a letter to The Telegraph he wrote: “My department is not blocking a Defra report on the impact of wind farms.
“The Government is committed to moving to a secure, affordable, low carbon energy system, without excessively relying on any single technology.
“So, this cross-government study will look at maximising the benefits and minimising the negative impacts of all technologies, including shale gas and nuclear.”
The dispute comes at a delicate time for the coalition government, with an increasing number of politicians speaking out in favour of fracking over windfarms.
In July, London mayor Boris Johnson questioned the effectiveness of wind power and David Cameron has stated there is a “limited potential for onshore wind” in the UK.