Community Windpower Ltd. are holding another public exhibition to promote their third attempt to gain planning consent for a wind farm on Claughton and Whit Moor (12 turbines -v- 13 last time and 20 the first time). This information was discreetly placed on their website:
“A Public Exhibition showing the revised proposal is being held on: Tuesday 18th September 2012, 2.00pm – 7.00pm, Victoria Institute, Caton
Everyone is welcome and Community Windpower will be available to answer questions”
They previously held exhibitions at Hornby and Claughton in June 2012 but for did not bother with Caton which will have most of the turbines in it’s parish.
These exhibitions and consultations are a statutory requirement – the developer wants as few people as possible to go for obvious reasons, hence they are very poorly advertised.
We need as many people to attend and voice objections as possible. If you can attend please make sure you register your comments in the book the developer has to make available for local feedback. This is an important part of the new planning process, the NPFF, and the Localism Bill.
Community Windpower why they are persistently ignoring the local democratic process; the two previous applications were objected to by local Parish Councils, unanimously refused by Lancaster City Council’s cross party elected Planning Committees, objected to by local County Councillors, our local MPs and by the vast majority of people who live in the area who commented.
There were nine points the two previous applications were refused on including the fact that the site is 6km inside an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is protected from developments such as wind farms.
The Caton Moor wind farm was only approved through a flawed process and should never have been permitted; however it will be removed in 18 years time. This mistake should not be used as an excuse to permit another wind farm in the area which will desecrate the moor for another 25 years.
They have also noted that there is no alternative site available for their wind farm!!!
We have helped defeat the two previous applications; please help us defeat this application as well.