PS-73: Secretary of State, Greg Clark MP’s Pervers & Vexatious Ruling re: Stroat WT

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PS – 73:

(PS-73: Secretary of State, Greg Clark MP’s Pervers & Vexatious Ruling re: Stroat WT)

From: Greg Lance-Watkins (Greg_L-W)




I must say I have no choice but to consider the decision of The Secretary of State, Greg Clark MP, to be little short of perverse and inconsistent in failing to call in the plans for Severndale Wind Turbine, particularly in the light of his other decisions, as there is absolutely no doubt that the application convincingly failed to address the objections of ‘the effected community’, his own criteria in other situations as clearly shown in the article below, from the publication PlanningResource 01-Oct-2015, as shown below.

Minded of the facts relative to the Severndale application and various decisions made by The Sec.State there would seem to be little logic or consistency in his decision making process and I fail to see how Justice has been seen to be done, nor any sign of a level playing field!

I believe this leaves good opportunity for the righting of this gross injustice at a Judicial Review.

Two more wind developments rejected over new community backing rule

1 October 2015 by Greg Pitcher

Wind power schemes in Yorkshire and Cumbria have become the latest to be rejected by communities secretary Greg Clark after he ruled that they failed to comply with new rules requiring wind applications to have community backing.

Wind power: two more schemes blocked

Clark turned down an appeal against Kirklees Council’s decision to refuse permission for two turbines on a green belt site near Wakefield.

A decision letter said: “As those planning impacts as identified by the affected communities have not been addressed, the proposed scheme would not meet the transitional arrangements set out in the written ministerial statement of 18 June 2015. The secretary of state gives significant weight to this non-compliance.”

He also refused an appeal against South Lakeland District Council’s rejection of an application for a single turbine near the village of Gleaston.

A decision letter said Clark was “not satisfied that the planning impacts identified by affected local communities in their correspondence to the inspector … have been addressed. These include harm to the landscape, visual amenity and the setting of heritage assets.”

The communities secretary acted in line with planning inspector advice in both instances.

Clark’s June written ministerial statement (WMS) said that where a wind power scheme was already in the planning system, and no suitable sites were identified in the relevant development plan, a scheme could only be approved if planning authorities were “satisfied it has addressed the planning impacts identified by local communities and therefore has their backing”.

Clark last month turned down a four-turbine scheme near Peterborough and a 10-turbine project in Lincolnshire, both times citing non-compliance with the WMS.

In the light of the above consider:

The ‘Effected Community’ being those contacted by the Council originally who are directly effected including:

The Community Against Severndale Wind Turbine Group
which includes 33 members of the immediate ‘effected community’ who are on the record as objectors:

AVERY-BROWN, Elizabeth-Avery & William – Wibdon Cottage, Stroat – approximately 700m from proposed turbine
BOLLEN, David – High Hall Farm – within 750m from proposed turbine
BOLT, Lisa – Everene Philpots Court within 700 m from proposed turbine
BROOKES, Tracey & Andy – Underwood Farm – within 800m of turbine
BROWN, Louella & David – The Waldins – within 650m of the turbine
CROSS, Nigel and Samantha 3 Philpots Court – within 700m from proposed turbine
DAVIDSON, Pam – The Garstons – within 750m from proposed turbine
ELSBY, Nigel & Linda, Stroat House, within 1.5km from proposed turbine
FORD, Claire & Roger – The steps – approximately 500m from proposed turbine
GOATMAN, Fiona & Robert – Beverstone Farm – approximately 1km from proposed turbine
HILLMAN, Robert & Alison Philpots Court Farm – within 700m from proposed turbine
HOLLIES, Lindsay & Mark – Chapel House, Hanley Lane – within 1km from proposed turbine
LANCE-WATKINS, Lee & Greg – Home Cottage Stroat – within 1.5km from proposed turbine
MAYO, Molly & Keith – Wibdon Farm – within 650 to 700m from from proposed turbine
NAIRNE, Andrew and Sue 4 Philpots Court – within 700m from proposed turbine
REES, James & Clare  – Greystones within 775m from proposed turbine
SMITH, Pam & David – Old Post Office within 900m from proposed turbine
WRIGHT, Sue and Peter – Little Wibdon, Stroat, approx. 500 – 550meters from proposed turbine

Minded that it is a relatively sparsely populated rural area, where numerous properties will be level with the blades on the overlooking slopes and clear visibility will be from Aust, Littlehampton, Thornbury, Rockhampton, Hill, Oldbury, Berkeley, Sharpness and beyond as it stands 50% taller than Gloucester Cathedral, undisguised by trees or other obstacles.

There would seem to be few if any supporters of the imposition of this turbine from within the community – other than those who have signed standard letters provided and vigorously solicited, by the applicants, either as potential direct beneficiaries in the scheme, tenants or employees of the applicant!

I also am minded that it is the right of each member of the effected community to act in their own interest and that of the community in registering their objection to the application as did their elected representatives on the Parish Council, who were clearly not influenced by the applicant being a part of that Council nor its planning committee, unlike the more distant FoDCC, who could not by the wildest stretch of the imagination be termed as members of the effected local community, any more than the applicants cosy agreement with the FoDDC to include totally uneffected individuals in a 5Km radius as was perversely claimed!

Draw your own conclusions!




Greg Lance-Watkins


Phone: 01594 – 528 337 – Calls from withheld numbers are blocked & calls are recorded



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