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PS – 47:
(PS-47: A specific letter of objection [brief!] in response to PS-45)
I have also made the more specific objection re the application, as follows:
From: Greg Lance-Watkins (Greg_L-W)
PLEASE RECORD THIS MY OBJECTION TO PLANNING APPLICATION PO356/15/FUL
In the light of the identified further submission on behalf of the applicant Councillor Maria Edwards
Perhaps this letter from the agents of the applicant FoDDC Counciller Mrs. Moira Edwards, item 168 on the schedule of documents presented on the FoDDC planning web site, relevant to the opportunistic and clearly unpopular industrialisation of Severndale Farm, should perhaps have been more appositely titled:
Severndale Community Wind Up – P0365/15/FUL
I appreciate that this thinly veiled, morally questionable, apparent bribe is within the law, although it is, under law, neither to be considered a ‘Planning Issue’ nor is it contractually valid or enforceable by law!
However compounding this insult to the intelligence of all, the situation would now seem to have escalated to a situation that it would not be unreasonable to call blackmail.
It was after all late submission of data that led to the deferment of the application, which was scheduled to be heard by FoDDC Planning Committee on the 14-Jul-2015 and would have been decided on then, had not this submission arrived in skeleton form on Friday afternoon previous, together with a 27 page attempt at rebuttal of the Officer’s report to the committee!
The continued allusion to this being a ‘community’ project is little more than an attempt at aesopian linguistics with a view to exploiting Neural Lingusistic Programming (NLP), it has all the validity of the pretence that aparteid in South Africa was for the benefit of the indigenous peoples!
The continued use of the style ‘a Community project’, ‘a Community benefit’ or the like is an opportunistic, dishonest and misleading pretence, as the ‘Community’ locally has soundly rejected the scheme individually in reasoned correspondence also via its Parish Council and via its Officer’s report, just as the National Community, by the pronouncements of the recently elected majority Government, have rejected the concept as laid out in the Conservative manifesto, for which the majority of voters voted in the recent election.
I appreciate that the applicant Councillor Edwards was voted into office as a Conservative to ostensibly uphold that manifesto yet it is she who seeks to exploit the subsidies that used to pertain for this proven ineffectual, inefficient and unpleasant source of power.
Personally I am of the opinion that Councillor Edwards’ position is untenable and she should consider her resignation to avoid further embarrassment to The Conservative Party, our MP, our District Council, our Parish and our ‘community’, none of whom does she seem to represent in this matter, nor in principle!
Herewith submission 168 on FoDDC Planning web site from Councillor Edwards’ agents at ‘The Resilience Centre Ltd.’:
Mr Peter Williams
Group Manager Planning & Housing
Forest of Dean District Council
Your Ref: P0365/15/FUL
15th July 2015
Dear Mr Williams,
Severndale Community Wind – P0365/15/FUL
With regard to the above planning application we would like to clarify and formalise our committment regarding the proposed Community Ownership structure and can confirm that the project will be brought forwards as a Community Benefit Society, if planning consent is obtained. Furthermore the project would commit a total fund of £500,000 of Community Benefit directly to the local area over the first 20 years of o peration of the project, to be distributed by a locally self appointed panel of stakeholders plus any additional surplus from the operation of the Society, estimated to be an additional £600,000 over the first 20 years of operation, a total of up to £1,100,000 in direct community bene fits. However, the ability to meet these commitments is time critical as in the recent budgetary announcement the Chancellor instructed the Energy Minister to c omplete a mid season term budegtary review of Feed in Tariffs, currently underway and exp ected to deliver a revised degression ahead of the current Feed in Tariff degression date of 30th September. As such the project is only able to commit to these benefits if planning is approved before 31st August 2015. After this date the project would have to re view the reduced income from the project due to Feed In Tariff degression and reduce the Com munity Benefits accordingly. We therefore request your help in achieving an earlier Planning Commitee date than the one currently proposed for 8th September in order to protect these Community Benefits.
The Resilience Centre Ltd
Judging from the overwhellming response of opposition, by original letters, from informed and concerned members of the community, from the Parish council, the FoDDC designated Officer’s report and from Government policy; I do believe that should the application ever be heard there are no moral nor public commercial reason why the project should be granted.
However should there be any attempt to continue bullying this application into being or effort to overturn a decision in favour of the community’s objection to this application, a full public enquiry should be held, with the applicant being responsible for placing a bond to cover any and all costs likely to be incurred by such an enquiry, particularly in the light of her failure to uphold the policies for which she was ostensibly elected and in the light of the fact that her position as the applicant was never announced in her election material or to the electorate at large.
Let it be noted that I endorse the tone and recommendation of the Officer’s Report and wholeheartedly object to the application PO365/15/FUL and similar applications on well documented planning and factual grounds.
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