Lane Head (Boltongate) Turbine Dismissed by DCLG!

It was a very close shave. Inspector Watson had recommended approval for the Lane Head turbine but, fortunately, the appeal decision was overturned by the Secretary of State. Details of exactly what happened can be found by following this link:

http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/ViewCase.asp?caseid=2191503&coid=2166912

We are disappointed that, having seemed very thorough in his approach to the site visit, Inspector Watson wrote what appears to be a rather incomplete report.

However, the Secretary of State has certainly made the right decision and our heartfelt congratulations go to everyone who worked hard to make this happen. This is a shining example of what can be achieved when the community pulls together!

Good News and not so good

It is nice to be able to report that 2 applications have been refused permission recently.

The Raisgill Hall 67m turbine near Tebay was rejected by Eden District Council on the grounds that: The proposed turbine, by virtue of its scale and siting will appear as a dominant and intrusive man-made structure with a far reaching significant adverse effect on the landscape, will result in an adverse effect on the visual amenity and remoteness of the area to the detriment of the use and enjoyment of the area and the appreciation of the setting of a scheduled ancient monument, and would result in unacceptably overbearing and dominating effects on the amenity of nearby residential properties which currently enjoy high levels of amenity in an undeveloped and remote countryside location.
Well done to all who campaigned.

Rory Stewart said ” A huge thanks to everyone who came along to our rally, and who submitted an objection, showing to the council just how strongly we opposed this application. It is another fantastic example of what is possible when local communities work together, and again highlights the importance and power of high profile demonstrations in fighting wind turbine applications here in Cumbria.”

There was also good news in Allerdale yesterday when a single 77m near to the Tallentire Windfarm was turned down. The main issues here seem to have been cumulative impact and noise. Congratulations to FORCE and the residents of Gilcrux!

Meanwhile in Carlisle on 7th March permission was granted for another turbine (54.7m) in the Great Orton area, this time at Little Orton and close to the SSSI at Orton Moss despite objections on grounds of cumulative impact and the potential damage to the ecology of the area.

ANTI WIND CAMPAIGNERS THANK THE WIND INDUSTRY FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE GLOBAL NETWORKING OF ANTI WIND GROUPS

Network of windfarm opposition groups

Network of windfarm opposition groups

ANTI WIND CAMPAIGNERS THANK THE WIND INDUSTRY FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE GLOBAL NETWORKING OF ANTI WIND GROUPS

The wind industry has surely shot itself in the foot by commissioning a study to show the extent of the networking across the world by anti wind groups. They would not have expected to see the amount of global traffic from country to country united in their fight against industrial wind turbines.

For a zoomable version of the matrix showing individual groups go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/j8mgdf3ezvqopx5/W2050_WebCorpusPilot%20%282%29.pdf

Graphics that show the extent of global communication between anti wind websites when key words are entered can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wj2eukha4pa20le/OHEfnN-SEr

See each graphic for details. The UK is shown in red and as can be seen is a huge contributor to the networking between groups.

The study hardly scratches the surface by focusing on only 323 websites. There are over 2200 listed organisations against wind with a website, many more rely of facebook pages and some are run by individuals. The number is immense and grows every day.

Details can be seen here: http://quixoteslaststand.com/worldwide-anti-wind-groups/

The UK is listed as having over 400 group websites (not including facebok pages or individuals). That is more than North America! Scotland has over 60.

The time has come for governments across the world to acknowledge industrial wind turbines are not wanted by the majority of people that they are foisted upon. We are not to be dismissed by arrogant politicians who show no compassion for suffering any longer. Our elected representatives would rather support an industry that contributes a small amount of expensive, unreliable energy, allowing developers and landowners to fill their coffers at the expense of energy bill payers and taxpayers, communities, the environment and our wildlife.

Caithness Windfarm Information Forum Chairman Stuart Young said ” I am grateful to the Danish government for giving us such excellent material to demonstrate the widespread discontent over windfarm development. It is particularly gratifying to see how prominent a part is played by CWIF’s own website”

Lyndsey Ward, Highland Anti wind campaigner said ‘The wind industry may have put it’s crosshairs on some anti wind groups but we have had ours on them for a long time now exposing the misinformation given out in defence of industrial wind turbines.

Vestas ,Siemens and Vattenfall must have had a shock when the results came through. What a spectacular own goal! They spied on less than 15% of known anti wind websites and the extent of the communication between anti wind campaigners has been shown to be huge. 

At what stage are the people we elect to protect us and our environment, going to admit they have made a monumental mistake? Wind energy is simply a scam. We know the construction of wind farms will do nothing to save the planet or halt climate change. Covering Scotland in turbines will not prevent one person’s house from flooding and we have to get away from the scaremongers who try and scare us into believing they will. Unfortunately, here in Scotland some SNP MSPs are among the most guilty in that respect. They are insulting to those of us who try and force back the developers and protect our beautiful country from the savage damage of wind farm construction – they should be ashamed.’

Today’s press release from EPAW – European Platform Against Windfarms:

Press Release

Network of Wind power opponents worldwide
“Wind-Nation” Denmark spys on and analyzes critical citizens

Copenhagen / Hamburg  A Danish study , paid by the taxpayers with more than 2.6 million Euros, supported by the beneficiaries of wind power under the leadership of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer Vestas , hand in hand with Siemens and Vattenfall in Denmark, has to ensure to stop protests and disabilities in the implementation of wind power projects.
The Danish wind power industry complains, that it is increasingly difficult to find acceptance for their projects in the local communities.
Thanks to the Ministry of Research and funded by public money , the interdisciplinary study was launched , supported by scientists from three universities from Denmark , Ireland and England and the stakeholders of the wind industry … The exchange of informations among organizations of wind power opponents on such subjects as “Wind farm fraud” ,” species protection” ,” sleep disorders” and “Nina Pierpont”, a doctor from the State of New York, who has researched the wind turbine syndrome, a disease caused by low-frequency noise under which , according to recent studies from Sweden 30% of the residents near wind turbines are sufferíng , has been specifically studied .
For this purpose, the compounds of 323 websites of nationally and internationally headwind organizations and associations have been spied on and analyzed.
Alone in small Denmark there are now 200 groups and associations, worldwide there are thousands of organisations with some hundreds of connected initiatives.
On Friday, 2pm CET, websites of wind power opponents worldwide will publish a graphic of the study, named 2050, to confirm their good networking, and to show, that must be reckoned with them. The population has a democratic right to transparency and participation – worldwide. Conservation of nature and biodiversity , landscape and people’s health is the common goal of this global movement.

Jutta Reichardt Spokeswoman of EPAW for Germany

Study information:

http://vbn.aau.dk/en/projects/wind2050–multidisciplinary-study-on-local-acceptance-and-development-of-wind-power-projects%287e1a4c51-69df-4440-84ba-aee841b92c23%29.html

 

 

Perverse Killington Wind Farm decision called in by Secretary of State

Today spirits were lifted of those devastated by the perverse decision of South Lakes District Council planning committee’s decision to approve plans for turbines on the edge of Yorkshire Dales National Park.  http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/10992120.Killington_wind_turbine_decision__called_in__by%20_government/

The application from Banks Renewables was approved last week.  This was despite the recommendation for refusal from their own planning officer.  There were over 1,000 personal letters objecting to the scheme as well as objections from:

Cumbria County Council

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

All the parishes around Killington

Friends of the Lake District

Natural England

Friends of Kirkby Lonsdale and District Civic Society

The Open Spaces Society

Killington Wildlife Group

Yorkshire Dales Society

Friends of Eden, Lakeland & Lunesdale Scenery

HOW COULD IT EVER HAVE BEEN GRANTED??  Let’s hope the Government takes a more democratic view than our locally elected representatives.

 

Killington Windfarm decision may be ‘called in’

We have just heard that the decision to grant permission for this wind farm taken by South Lakeland District Council on 30th January has been put on hold. A ‘Ministerial Direction’ has been issued to allow the Secretary of State to consider if it should be referred to him for determination.
Congratulations to all who brought this to the Government’s attention.

Report in Westmorland Gazette

Wednesday 5th February 10am

The Allerdale Local Plan, on which many of us commented at the consultation stage, is currently being ‘examined’ by the Planning Inspector. Following this, it will effectively be approved, approved with modifications or, and this is unlikely, thrown out.

Section S19 which addresses renewable energy developments in Allerdale is due to be discussed at Allerdale House, Workington (CA14 3YJ) on Wednesday 5th February starting at 10.00 a.m. It may continue until the afternoon.

Because of the number of representations on the proposals for renewable energy developments which were made during the consultation period, the Inspector has recognised that this is an area of interest to a significant number of people. As a result of this, she has booked the council chamber at Allerdale House for the session so that there will be room for members of the public to attend and observe the proceedings.

Whilst members of the public may not (this seems to be at the discretion of the Inspector) be able to speak at the examination, it would be wonderful if as many people as possible could attend the examination at some stage during the day so that the Inspector is under no illusions as to how much people care about this particular issue. A good turnout would ensure this.

Please do come along, even if you can’t stay for the whole proceedings. Any time you can spare will be greatly appreciated

News from FORCE!

Fantastic news about the withdrawal of the application to extend High Pow Wind Farm. Full details of this can be found on the High Pow 2 page. Our relief at this must be tempered by the warning that the developer will soon return with a new proposal. This is made abundantly clear in the withdrawal letter (see link on High Pow 2 page) but it is a welcome respite just the same.

Friends of Rural Cumbria’s Environment (FORCE) received extra good news when we learned last week that the proposal to erect a 30.5m wind turbine at Clea Mire had been dismissed at appeal by the Planning Inspector on the grounds of unacceptable impact on the local landscape. Our congratulations to local residents and to everyone who contributed to the campaign. The Inspector’s decision can be found by following this link and clicking on the word ‘decision.’

http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/ViewCase.asp?caseid=2188888&coid=2114120

FORCE sends good wishes for the New Year to all CWW subscribers!

Salmond wind farm obsession cost British families £2,860

Credit:  £10BN ENERGY BILLS RIP-OFF: Salmond wind farm obsession cost British families £2,860 | By: Ben Borland | Scottish Express | Published: Sat, November 9, 2013 | www.express.co.uk ~~

Alex Salmond’s wind turbine obsession is set to add an extra £10billion onto Britain’s power bills, with consumers locked into paying for renewable energy they will never use.

Dozens of new Scottish wind farms, many of them foreign-owned, are being completed years before the upgrade of power lines from the Highlands and islands or across the Border. The £10billion estimated cost of this renewables rush – equivalent to almost £2,860 for every household over the next seven years – is based on a report by National Grid, which manages the country’s transmission network.

Under legislation introduced by the Coalition in 2010, energy companies sign what are known as “Connect and Manage” agreements for all new projects.

they This with the power can generate, they will be paid to switch off their turbines. means that if they are operational before National Grid is ready to cope

While most of these wind farms are in Scotland, most of the demand is in England – and the necessary north-south improvements to the grid will take up to a decade to complete.

At the same time, more electricity must be purchased to meet demand in the cities – meaning that householders will be effectively paying for the same power twice.

In three months from April and July, Connect and Manage cost National Grid at least £17.2million – all of which will be “socialised”, or added on to electricity bills.

Only 13 large wind farms in Scotland with 600MW of generating power are operating under the new arrangements – meaning they cost National Grid £1million for each 35MW of capacity.

wind farms with a colossal 14,653MW of generating power have already signed Connect However, a further 112 Scottish and Manage deals.

The average length of time before the network will be ready to cope with all this additional power will be seven years in southern Scotland and five years in the north. Based on the most recent figures, the ultimate cost to customers would
be £10billion – although as more wind farms are built and the grid becomes more congested, that could rise still further.

Also, this figure does not include the millions of pounds in “constraint” payments given to older wind farms to help balance demand on the grid.

Stuart Young, a retired construction consultant and chairman of Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, stumbled across the astonishing report on National Grid’s website.

He said: “This is the inevitable consequence of our government introducing Connect and Manage at a far greater cost than they anticipated.

“Connect and Manage cost £5.6million for the whole of last year and £17million for just three months this year.

“The reason for this is that we are adding more and more wind farms and we have no option but to pay for this.

“It is inconceivable that it can be allowed to happen this way because the country cannot afford it. Britain will be bankrupt if this goes ahead.”

He added: “Alex Salmond’s ambitions are completely destabilising the running of National Grid. Westminster controls energy but it appears to have forgotten that Holyrood controls planning, therefore it has no say over how many new wind farms are built in Scotland under this scheme.”

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser also condemned the spiralling costs of the scheme, saying: “It is bad enough that electricity consumers are having to pay through the nose for intermittent, unreliable and expensive wind power but it now turns out that they are also having to pay for power that’s not actually capable of being used.

“The figures involved are simply eye-watering and will have to be borne by millions of families across the country who are already struggling with rising energy costs.

“All this just reveals once again the absurdity of SNP energy policy and its single-minded focus on developing more and more wind farms.”

The Beauly to Denny power line, due to open next year, will clear some of the green energy bottleneck in the Highlands. However, other projects – including a new £1billion undersea cable from Ayrshire to north Wales – are years away from completion.

The latest National Grid report into Connect and Manage said “high winds” between April and July, as well as a cable fault in Northumberland, “compounded” the increase in costs.

The report does not include the sums paid out to cover the 127 smaller wind farms in Scotland covered by Connect and Manage.

There are also 38 large power projects due to come on stream in England and Wales, with a further 21,305MW of capacity.

Although the average delay before they are fully connected to the grid is only three years, these projects are also likely to incur enormous pay-outs.

National Grid estimates that Connect and Manage will cost consumers between £102million to £590million by 2021, although it admits this is not a “definitive forecast”.

A spokesman said: “We do all we can to keep costs down. The costs between April-July were higher due to factors like higher winds and the way the system is in terms of capacity.”

New Green tax threat in energy bills ‘deal’

Credit:  By Tim Ross, Political Correspondent | Telegraph | 09 Nov 2013 | www.telegraph.co.uk ~~

New taxes to pay for environmental schemes are being considered as part of a deal to cut household energy bills, it can be disclosed.

The taxpayer would foot the bill for two of the “green” schemes, all of which are currently paid for through a levy on gas and electricity bills.

The major energy suppliers have repeatedly told ministers the levies are pushing up household bills — for which they and the Government have been severely criticised.

Senior Tories have held talks with the companies and believe they have secured agreement that if the largest levy, the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), is removed, immediate cuts in prices of up to seven per cent would be announced.

A deal could be struck in time to be announced as early as next month, allowing an average saving of as much as £75 a household.

But Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, said the green schemes had to stay — and signalled that they could be paid for through tax.

He told The Telegraph that he was happy to have a “debate” about how green energy policies were funded. He said: “We can maybe find there are other ways of paying for them. There may be ways and means.”

The move by the Lib Dems means that George Osborne will either have to raise taxes or find money to pay for the scheme, expected to cost £1.3 billion next year, from already under-pressure public funds through more cuts or borrowing.

In a significant intervention in the heated debate, Mr Davey also:

• Vetoed the Prime Minister’s own intention to review every green subsidy, saying that support for wind farms and other “renewable” energy systems would not be reconsidered;

• Refused to back down on support for wind farms, insisting that more onshore turbines would be “critical” for energy supplies;

• Said the wind farms, which have attracted huge opposition where they have been built or proposed, did not affect house prices;

• Attacked Right-wing Tories for “undermining consensus” on the environment;

• Said there has been “massive interest” in new licences for fracking and a review to be published on Monday will outline a revival in the North Sea oil industry.

The prospect of a tax to pay for green schemes emerged after the last Labour government introduced the current system of extra charges, which energy firms add to customers’ bills, known collectively as “green levies”.

News from FORCE

Many thanks to everyone who has written to Allerdale Borough Council objecting to the proposal to increase the size of High Pow Wind Farm from three turbines to eleven. There are now approximately 250 objections which can be viewed by following this link:

http://planning.allerdale.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=107587

In addition to this, we have raised a petition of approximately 400 signatures which will be submitted to the Council in due course. The petition, once submitted, will be a powerful objection in its own right. It will, however, be counted only as one single objection.
That is why we request that, if you have added you name to the petition, you now take just a few minutes to submit an individual objection. This is very easy to do. Simply use the link above which will take you directly to the relevant page on the Council’s website. Then, click where it says ‘comment on application’ and follow the instructions. Only a couple of sentences are necessary to sum up your objection. Don’t forget to click on the box which confirms that you ‘object’ to the proposal.
Here are some ideas which you may wish to use in your objection:
• Landscape – perhaps you are of the opinion that an extension to the existing wind farm at High Pow would have a major negative impact on the landscape, significantly altering its rural character.

• Residential Amenity – many local residents are already suffering loss of amenity due to the three existing turbines as a result of noise and shadow flicker. The Council is still dealing with an outstanding noise complaint. Enlarging the wind farm will cause problems for more residents as well as worsening the discomfort of those who are already affected.

• Cumulative Impact – there can be no question that Allerdale now accommodates a large amount of wind energy development. A recent inquiry conducted by the Council has confirmed that Allerdale contains 62% of the onshore wind turbines in the county of Cumbria. Unsurprisingly, all of this development has now created a substantial cumulative effect. This applies to the number of turbines which are visible in particular views and also to the sequential cumulative impact which is experienced when travelling through the Borough. Adding a further eight turbines to the existing three at High Pow will obviously exacerbate the situation.

• Other Issues – Negative effects which you may wish to consider include the impact on wildlife and potential problems with surface water and television reception. In the emerging Local Plan, the Council has stated its ambition to foster and enhance the tourist economy. You may feel that this ambition is incompatible with the ongoing proliferation of wind turbines in the area.
Please do add any of your own individual concerns. It is important to stress that the benefits claimed by the developer would not outweigh the damage caused by the eight additional turbines.
Ahead of High Pow in the queue waiting for determination by Allerdale Borough Council is the application for three 115m wind turbines at Carwath, near Rosley. The same grounds for objection apply except that there is no existing wind farm and therefore no pre-existing damage to local residential amenity. Please spare a minute to go through the same simple process via the following link:

http://planning.allerdale.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=104760

There are currently fifteen outstanding appeals relating to wind energy developments in Allerdale. Some of these have been with the Inspectorate for a year or more. We understand that the Minister for Communities and Local Government has slowed the process down deliberately so that his department can review exactly what is happening. We hope that the results of this process will prove positive for areas like Allerdale where the proliferation of wind turbines has continued without much restraint in recent years.