Author Archives: FORCE

End of Story – For the Time Being!

The final wind energy related appeal decisions for the Allerdale area have now been received. Unfortunately, we must report that the wind turbines at Black Brow and Blooming Heather have both been allowed by the Inspectorate. These decisions can be viewed via the following links: However, the proposed wind turbine at Grange Grassings [...]

Post Easter Update March 30th 2016

There have been no fresh applications for wind turbines submitted to Allerdale Borough Council so far this year. The reasons for this are likely to be as follows: 1. A stronger Local Plan with better protection for landscape and residents against inappropriate renewable energy development 2. Last year’s Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) which confirmed that [...]

As the Year Begins to Draw to a Close

As the year draws to a close, it is time to review recent events which have made a significant difference to our struggle against inappropriately sited renewable energy developments. As discussed in our previous newsletter, there have been important changes to national government policy and to published planning guidance. The requirement for community support for [...]

FORCE Summer Newsletter 2015

We have deliberately postponed sending a newsletter while announcements from the new Government about future wind and solar energy proposals have been coming in thick and fast. However, now that things seem to have settled down a bit, the time has come to review the situation. It does appear that the new Government has gone [...]

FORCE Newsletter May 2015

Now that the Conservatives are free of the Coalition, they have stated that We will halt the spread of onshore windfarms Onshore wind now makes a meaningful contribution to our energy mix and has been part of the necessary increase in renewable capacity. Onshore windfarms often fail to win public support, however, and are unable [...]

March Update from FORCE

Firstly, thank you to all of our members who turned out in support of the Carwath objectors at the February Development Panel. The result was everything we could wish for – a unanimous decision by the councillors to refuse the application for three 115m wind turbines which would have dwarfed the area around Rosley. Congratulations [...]

Regrettable News from Allerdale!

Allerdale Borough Council’s Development Panel met on 25th November, with four turbines on the agenda. All of these were recommended for refusal by officers who properly used the policies contained in the new local plan. One turbine (at Dundraw Farm) was refused on a unanimous vote by members. The other three, despite the recommendations for [...]

Good News from FORCE!

Great news!! As some of you will already know, the long awaited report from the Planning Inspectorate on the Allerdale Local Development Plan has now been published and deemed ‘sound’ by the Inspector, Susan Holland. The plan was formally adopted by Allerdale at the full Council meeting held on 16th July 2014. This means that [...]