Peter Wright Had His Day In Court In Defence Of Stroat, The Severn Estuary & More

Peter Wright Had His Day In Court In Defence Of Stroat, The Severn Estuary & More:

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22-Apr-2016
Peter Wright Had His Day In Court
In Defence Of Stroat, The Severn Estuary & More

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Dear All,

well we had our day at court. It all took place in number 1 Court of The Royal Courts of Justice and commenced at 09.30 on Thursday 21-Apr-2016.

It was heard by Mr Justice Ian Dove and the legal representatives included QCs, juniors and solicitors from all three participants  – Peter Wright (the Claimant in the Judicial Review), FoDDC (the defendent) and Resilience (the Interested Party- IP-).

From our WT Action group there were 8 members present, there to support Peter and his barrister and to see justice being done, and possibly 10 or 12 from Resilience. We were unsure whether there were any people specifically from FoDDC, apart from the planning applicant Cllr. Maria Edwards but guessed she and Resilience would report back.

Since Peter was the Claimant and had brought the case against the FoDDC the procedure involved our QC making the case for Peter and the other two QCs independently challenging what we had presented.

After all the arguments we were then given the right to reply and ‘dismiss’ the contra points made by the defendant (FoDDC) and Resilience (IP). 

Peter Wright’s QC, Neil Cameron put forward the case that the Council’s  decision to pass the WT was based significantly on the money which was being offered to the local community and that this was not a material planning reason and therefore the decision should be quashed.

Neither of the other Barristers could refute that the money had been offered by Resilience but endeavoured to justify why and how it was acceptable and appropriate that it was part of the planning application and therefore material to it.

Justice Dove was very well versed in planning law (he had been a planning lawyer prior to being appointed to The Bench) and engaged with each of the QCs in what he liked to call creative dialectic.  It was all undertaken in a civilised and respectful manner with all the onlookers muted – even Resilience. 

This is not to say there weren’t times when we wanted to jump up and say ‘that’s not true’ but contained ourselves by writing a note to each other to express our frustrations. 

There was a general consensus from our WT group present were surprised that Resilience had found a Counsel who was absolutely apposite for them being nothing but puff and wind combined with smoke and mirrors!! but we know how credible they can make themselves. 

The Hearing lasted until around 16.20 and then Justice Dove summed up explaining he would need time to reflect on the case which had or hadn’t been made and would give his written judgement in due course. 

On leaving the Court there was a consensus of opinion amongst our WT group that Peter’s case had been well made and Neil Cameron and team had certainly given us a chance.  We understand that nothing is certain in these situations but should the Judge find in our favour it would have a significant impact on future planning law.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to get us this far – we wish you could all have been there to appreciate what the Crowd Justice site has helped to achieve. 

As soon as we have any news and this could be from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, we shall let you know.

Whichever way it goes it is unlikely it will be the end of the battle but we are already preparing for the future fight, SO enjoy a few weeks without any WT news, recharge the batteries and prepare yourselves for the next instalment.

Best Wishes
Molly   

 

Hi,

I feel it is appropriate at this stage to lighten the matter with an amusing anecdote from the day in London at The High Court:

At approaching 09:30hrs. outside the Courts were a large number of journalists and press photographers.

On his arrival Andrew Clarke somewhat dellusionally would seem to have thought this group had arrived to interview and photograph him as he walk towards them to give his statement (Bluff, bullying, bravado with a liberal application of tuber taurinus!?), he seemed most unsettled when he realised that they were there to beard a footballer of some alleged repute who was having the judgement of his appeal against a rape conviction of 2012 presented!

That said I do feel it is worthwhile at this stage to remind readers of the issues at stake which it is our hope to defend Stroat, the Severn Estuary and the Forest of Dean in particular, against:

Also if YOU want to KNOW if your home will be overlooked by the proposed ecologically damaging, costly and grossly inefficient Wind Turbine proposed for Hanley Hill in Stroat, on Severndale Farm – Read on.

It is clear that IF the Wind Turbine is erected the applicant, Councillor Maria Edwards will receive massive subsidies for this largely useless monument to political correctness, whilst seemingly having bribed the FoDDC Planning Committee, of which she is a member, by promises of tokenry refunds of tax payer’s cash annually to the community – sums that can not even begin to pretend to compensate for the damage done by such a Wind Turbine!

To check whether your home is in the footprint of the proposed Wind Turbine see the applicant’s own admission on the map below, which they supplied, IF your home is in the blue area YOU will be in line of sight of the Wind Turbine which will stand 337 feet above the River Severn.

You will note almost all of Bulwark, Chepstow will be effected as will much of Sedbury & a large amount of Tidenham whilst the Turbine will of course be visible for a great distance in South Gloucestershire and will be clearly visible in Woolaston area – just to enrich a wealthy land owner, at the expense of every tax payer funded by costs added to fuel bills nationally, all in the dishonest pretence that they are an effective ‘green’ source of renewable energy!

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A clear majority of the effected local community are now firmly opposed to this development.

In accordance with the Planning Practice Guidance, the community’s valid planning objections should have been taken into account and the Council should have rejected the Severndale application as the developer was not able to address the objections.

Instead, the councillors placed undue weight and consideration to unspecified ‘community benefits’ (financed by the proceeds of the turbine), which is clearly stated not to be any part planning consideration.

The Senior Planning Case Officer on two occasions advised the Planning Committee that they should not take into account these ‘community benefits’ and should refuse planning permission, but the Councillors ignored his professional judgement and advice completely in reaching their decision citing the ‘community benefits’ as one of the main reasons for granting planning permission. This fact can be confirmed by following the full transcript, in the recording of the planning meeting, provided on the FoDDC web site.

Financial considerations which are not linked to the proposed development should be ignored in determining planning applications in accordance with law and government guidelines, as to take them into account would allow applicants to effectively ‘buy’ a planning permission.

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a stealth tax, on their energy bills to fund these environmentally damaging, politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are dishonestly presented as ‘fact’, regarding the consequential anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can, to help others learn the truth and how best to defend themselves against this scam.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

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Judicial Review Shows FoDDC Has A Case To Answer re Corruption Of Due Process

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Hi,
you will be pleased to note the clear display of the Crowd Justice site where people can read the facts and realise that the planning consent was clearly ultra vires & councillors on the planning committee blatantly ignored the law in a manner which seemed pre arranged and thus would seemt o have corrupted due process.
That the Judicial Review was granted is a clear indication by a High Court Judge that there is a case to answer and there is every possibility that the High Court will uphold our claim and clarify the law, to ensure Justice is seen to be done.
The claims of ‘Community Funding’ & ‘Community Benefit’ are clearly aesopian linguistics designed to dupe the gullible particularly in the efforts to develope this wind farm by stealth based on dishonest claims and misrepresentations by the applicant, Maria Edwards – who is a local councillor on the planning committee, together with her agents and partners!
 
 
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 in Local People

One of several banners that have been erected along the A48 in the Stroat area supporting a judicial review.

A LEGAL battle over a proposed wind turbine in the Forest could have major implications for similar projects across England.

The scheme for a 500-kilowatt ‘community energy project’ at Severndale Farm at Stroat, which was given the go-ahead by the Forest Council last summer, is now subject to judicial review.
The action has been brought by Mr Peter Wright who lives close to the proposed site of the turbine which would be 87-metres tall at the tip of the blade.
He says he and many of his neighbours are concerned about a series of single wind turbines being created along the Severn estuary.
A High Court hearing is due to take place next month at which a key argument will be about the ‘community benefits’ that such developments bring to an area.
But supporters of community turbines are concerned that if the court backs Mr Wright it could make it more difficult for the public to get involved in backing renewable energy projects.
Both sides agree the judgement will set a clear legal precedent for determining applications for turbine.
Each has used “crowd-funding” websites to raise money to meet the cost of legal advice.
In a statement on
the website www.crowd
justice.co.uk, Mr Wright said: “I am one of some 100 local residents living near the Severn Estuary in the Forest of Dean, who are concerned about the proliferation of single wind turbines being installed in the Severn Estuary, damaging the lovely rural landscape.
“Whilst I, and many others, accept the benefits of wind turbines in the right place, a series of single turbines, backed by the same developer, all within the same rural setting, is totally unjustified.
“It is creating a wind farm landscape by stealth.
“If successful, this challenge will ensure that no other council can act with such impunity in the face of the overwhelming views of the local community and in breach of planning guidelines regarding alleged community benefits.”
The Woolaston-based Resilience Centre, which is developing the Severndale turbine has used the website www.crowd
funder.co.uk to raise support.
In a statement on the site it says: “The judgement that will arise from this case is very likely to be important in establishing case law and clear guidelines on what can be offered in the way of community participation and what can be taken as positive community benefits by councillors when making a decision.
“The threat to the community energy sector is that a ruling could emerge which places additional constraints on the ability of the public to participate in renewable energy generation or renders the sector even more uncertain that promoters, public and decision makers are all deterred from participating in or supporting the sector.
“A succesful outcome would establish a key new legal precedent for the community energy sector in the UK, allowing planning authorities to give clear positive weight to projects with overriding local community benefits.”
The case is due to be heard by a judge on Thursday, April 21.

To view the original article CLICK HERE

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

E&OE

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The Vandalising Of Posters Opposing The Environmentally Damaging Turbines

The Vandalising Of Posters Opposing The Environmentally Damaging Turbines

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15-Mar-2016
(The Vandalising Of Posters Opposing The Environmentally Damaging Turbines)

15-Mar-2016

The Vandalising Of Posters Opposing The Environmentally Damaging Turbines

Hi,

it is worthy of note that in that the majority of the supporters of opposition to this grossy offensive, environmentally damaging and staggeringly inefficient Wind Turbine live in the immediate area of the proposed Turbine, letters, meetings and general communications have been not only amicable but have acted to an extent as news letters promoting local events.

The opposition has given rise to many in the community meeting for the first time and a local directory of phone numbers, eMail addresses and information as to who lives where and the occupancy of the homes in the area.

There is absolutely no doubt that the overwhellming majority of the people living in the area of influence of the Turbine, if we are unfortunate enough to have it imposed are opposed to the installation – not on some specious NIMBY grounds but based on clearly understood factual reasons.

The few who seem to pretend to support for the proposed Turbine would seem to have links with the applicant either as family, friends, associates, tennants or employees – seemingly indicating other reasons for support than considerations of the benefits claimed, we would contend dishonestly, for Turbines.

Hi Everyone,

I felt a contact was called for in the light of a few events. As you know we have done a blanket contact to a large part of the area and put up a banner campaign to highlight the fact that we are still fighting Resilience erecting their turbine.

As expected this has caused some reaction and last night the banner at Tesco’s was slashed
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and there were some unnecessary comments left on a leaflet on the banner at the end of our gate. The upside of this is that in creating a reaction it demonstrates that some elements of the other side are really feeling frustrated.

As you know we are into the last few days for crowd justice which closes on Friday night and if we don’t hit our target then none of the pledges will be used. It would be great if we were able to get to our target. I say this because the overall costs for the proceedings for JR is in the region of £40 – 50K and although we have a large part of this underwritten, it would be fantastic if as locals we could manage the £5K through the local community.

https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/the-appeal-peter-wright-v-forest-of-dean-district-council

Thanks for taking time to read this and I’ll keep you up to date with any further developments

Molly Mayo
(Wibdon Farm, Stroat)

PS It’s Chase show this weekend at the old school so if the weather is good and you are around why not come and have tea and cake .

see: http://StroatWindTurbine.com
& oppose environmental damage.

I have supported this case! @CrowdJusticeUK https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/the-appeal-peter-wright-v-forest-of-dean-district-council

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)
If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/
If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/
E&OE

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WILL YOUR HOME FALL INTO THE FOOTPRINT OF A WIND TURBINE IN STROAT?

WILL YOUR HOME FALL INTO THE FOOTPRINT OF A WIND TURBINE IN STROAT?

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01-Mar-2016
WILL YOUR HOME FALL INTO THE FOOTPRINT OF
A WIND TURBINE IN STROAT?

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Hi,

if YOU want to KNOW if your home will be overlooked by the proposed ecologically damaging, costly and grossly inefficient Wind Turbine proposed for Hanley Hill in Stroat on Severndale Farm.

It is clear that IF the Wind Turbine is erected the applicant Councillor Maria Edwards will receive massive subsidies for this largely useless monument to political correctness, whilst seemingly having bribed the FoDDC Planning Committee on which she is a member by promises of tokenry refunds of tax p[ayer’s cash annually to the community – sums that can not even begin to pretend to compensate for the damage done by such a Wind Turbine!

To check whether your home is in the footprint of the proposed Wind Turbine see the applicant’s own admission on the map they supplied IF your home is in the blue area YOU will be in line of sight of the Wind Turbine which will stand 337feet above the River Severn.

You will note almost all of Bulwark, Chepstow will be effected as will much of Sedbury & a large amount of Tidenham whilst the Turbine will of course be visible for a great distance in South Gloucestershire and will be clearly visible in Woolaston area – just to enrich a wealthy land owner at the expense of every tax payer funded by costs added to fuel bills nationally all in the pretence that they are an effective ‘green’ source of renewable energy!

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JUST A REMINDER

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A clear majority of the affected local community are now firmly opposed to this development. In accordance with the Planning Practice Guidance, the community’s valid planning objections should have been taken into account and the Council should have rejected the Severndale application as the developer was not able to address the objections. Instead, the councillors placed undue weight and consideration to unspecified ‘community benefits’ (financed by the proceeds of the turbine).

The Senior Planning Case Officer on two occasions advised the Planning Committee that they should not take into account these ‘community benefits’ and should refuse planning permission, but the Councillors ignored this completely in reaching their decision citing the ‘community benefits’ as one of the main reasons for granting planning permission. Financial considerations which are not linked to the proposed development should be ignored in determining planning applications in accordance with law and government guidelines, as to take them into account would allow applicants to effectively ‘buy’ a planning permission.We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

E&OE

IF you note ANY errors of fact in this or any other web site or blog I own please bring it to my attention for correction @ Greg_L-W@BTconnect.com – Thank you.

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The Appeal: Save the Severn Estuary from the developers

I am raising funds to protect the Severn Estuary in the Forest of Dean from plans to develop a series of Single Wind Turbines.

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The latest update

  • Our first round of crowdfunding raised over £10,000, enabling us to apply to the High Court for a judicial review.
  • As of the 7th January, we have won the right to a formal judicial review, with a High Court hearing due to take place on 21st April 2016.
  • New crowdfunding target of £5000 is now needed to help me cover the costs of the now agreed judicial review to protect the Severn Estuary.

What this case is about

I am one of some 100 local residents living near the Severn Estuary in the Forest of Dean, who are concerned about the proliferation of single wind turbines being installed in the Severn Estuary, damaging the lovely rural landscape. Whilst I, and many others, accept the benefits of wind turbines in the right place, a series of single turbines, backed by the same developer, all within the same rural setting, is totally unjustified. It is creating a wind farm landscape by stealth.

We also observe that the Severn Estuary is a sensitive animal and bird breeding area. (See e.g. Wikipedia entry on the Severn Estuary, section on Conservation and SSSI status; and the Severn Estuary Partnership website.) The RSPB has also expressed its concern about the impact of the several wind turbine schemes proposed for the upper Severn area:

Together these have the potential to cause significant disturbance to waterbirds using the Severn Estuary Special Protection (SPA) and Ramsar Site…We are particular concerned about any impacts on curlew, since this is now a globally ‘near threatened species’ under IUCN criteria for which the UK holds special responsibility to maintain its breeding and wintering populations.

Current view

Protecting the Severn Estuary

For over 2000 years, the Severn Estuary has been a rural landscape and natural habitat for wildlife. 2 single wind turbines have been granted planning permission and at least 5 additional single wind turbines are seeking planning permission within a 10 mile stretch of the estuary all supported by the same developer, the Resilience Centre.

 

In the present case, the planning applicant’s wife, Councillor Maria Edwards, was elected to the Council and appointed to the planning committee whilst the planning application was under consideration.

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A clear majority of the affected local community are now firmly opposed to this development. In accordance with the Planning Practice Guidance, the community’s valid planning objections should have been taken into account and the Council should have rejected the Severndale application as the developer was not able to address the objections. Instead, the councillors placed undue weight and consideration to unspecified ‘community benefits’ (financed by the proceeds of the turbine).

The Senior Planning Case Officer on two occasions advised the Planning Committee that they should not take into account these ‘community benefits’ and should refuse planning permission, but the Councillors ignored this completely in reaching their decision citing the ‘community benefits’ as one of the main reasons for granting planning permission. Financial considerations which are not linked to the proposed development should be ignored in determining planning applications in accordance with law and government guidelines, as to take them into account would allow applicants to effectively ‘buy’ a planning permission. After applying to the High Court to review this decision and to quash it to prevent further unjustifiable damage being inflicted on the landscape as a result of this decision, I have now won the right to a formal judicial review.

A short timeline of my case

  • Planning application submitted in March 2015.
  • Local residents were notified of the planning application in late April 2015 with response required by end of May. The applicant submitted additional information in June 2015 following receipt of objections from statutory consultees, the Council’s officers, the Parish Council and local residents who opposed the scheme for a wide variety of reasons including harm to wildlife, the landscape and the setting of a number of heritage assets.
  • The application was due to be considered by the planning committee in July 2015, but due to last minute submissions by the applicant following receipt of the planning officer’s report which recommended refusing planning permission, consideration of the application was postponed to September.
  • The applicant then realised that they might miss the deadline to guarantee the higher rate Feed in Tariff and for this reason alone asked for the application to be heard in August. Despite protests from Peter Wright and others, the FODDC Planning Manager agreed to this expedition. Critically the Planning Officer who had recommended it be refused was then on holiday so could not attend this meeting.
  • On 11th August, contrary to the advice of the Planning Officer and contrary to the objections of the Parish Council and the majority of local residents, the councillors decided to grant planning permission to the proposal.
  • The local residents then asked the Secretary of State to “call in” the application and make a decision himself in mid-August. After some 5 weeks, on 29th September 2015 the Secretary of State decided not to call in the application for his own determination and the application was formally granted planning permission by the Council on 30th September 2015 – the very last date on which a developer could apply to secure the current higher Feed in tariffs.
  • The application for judicial review was filed on 11 November 2015, and was granted on the 7th January 2016.
  • Hearing date is set for 21st April 2016.

Why should people help?

The Planning Application was approved in clear conflict with the law regarding financial considerations being taken into account when considering planning applications, contrary to the recently implemented amendments to the Planning Practice Guidance on wind turbines which give the local community the ‘final say’ and contrary to Government Guidance regarding the weight to be attached to purported community benefits.

The Councillors in this case appear to have allowed themselves, in making their decision, to be unduly influenced by the developer’s promise to finance community benefits and may do so again in other cases unless I act now. They have effectively allowed the developer to buy this planning permission and they must not be allowed to buy further developments.

If successful, this challenge will ensure that no other Council can act with such impunity in the face of the overwhelming views of the local community and in breach of planning guidelines regarding alleged community benefits. In the Forest of Dean, there are at least 5 similar planning applications pending consideration and no doubt potentially hundreds across the UK. If I am successful, clear guidance will be available for other local communities to ensure that their Councils act fairly, with due regard to their constituents’ views.

What am I raising and what is it for?

Now that a formal judicial review has been granted, I am fundraising to cover the costs. Specifically, I am raising £5000 to match my own funds in order to cover £10,000 in additional costs. This will ensure that I have sufficient funding to enable me to proceed.

Pledge now!

 

Every contribution is valuable – thank you!

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We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

E&OE

IF you note ANY errors of fact in this or any other web site or blog I own please bring it to my attention for correction @ Greg_L-W@BTconnect.com – Thank you.

JR, Your MP Mark Harper & General Update 20-Feb-2016 From Molly Mayo

JR, Your MP Mark Harper & General Update 20-Feb-2016 From Molly Mayo

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JR, Your MP Mark Harper & General Update 20-Feb-2016 From Molly Mayo

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Dear Everyone
Apologies for the late arrival of this email after our meeting on the 10th, amongst other things I have had phone and internet problems so hopefully all is now back on track.
Thanks to those who came to Little Wibdon and to those of you who were in touch by email or have enquired about the topics under discussion. As I hope everyone knows, we have our Judicial Review hearing for April 21st (as long as the courts keep to their timetable) and some of us are intending to attend this event.  There was a suggestion to investigate a minibus, since Buxton’s commented that some support for the event demonstrates commitment from those who have asked for the JR, and I will look into the cost of hiring a minibus and let you know.
We all felt the need to continue to be proactive and it was suggested we send Mark Harper our concerns and thoughts just to let him and ‘others’ know we are not going away and will continue this fight no matter what.  I have checked his email address and found it different from last time I used it  –
I haven’t used it yet and would be grateful if anyone has difficulty using it- please would you let me know. Last time several of us tried to contact him we had problems so it’s helpful to know if the same happens again.
Some suggested areas which you might wish to make him aware of could include
                  We have been granted JR
                  
                  The affected community has not been defined for this application and he should put pressure on the FODDC to identify this.
                  The Parish Council continue to be opposed and deserve his support – after all they should be considered part of the affected community.
                  The Crowd Justice site helps identify the local concern about the Severndale Wind Turbine.
 
                  The Allocation Plan which includes suitable sites for renewables does not identify wind turbines specifically and these are industrial structures – re Alvington.
                  The Allocation Plan now being considered by an inspector was considered by the FODDC last summer and Government policy has significantly changed.
                  We were dealt with unfairly by our councillors since their reason for passing the application is now for Judicial Review.
                  A significant number of the people in the locality do not want this turbine.
                  Government cannot afford the subsidies originally offered for wind turbines and in these times of austerity these grants and subsidies should be stopped.
If you wish to have further information about the Allocation Plan the following reference from Peter Williams, the Head of FODDC planning may be  useful – note the page reference
The portfolio group at the time discounted a bespoke policy on wind turbines. Ultimately a new policy on renewable energy was formulated and has been included in the Council’s Allocations Plan Submission Draft August 2015 Please see Policy AP.2 on page 22 of the document.
Also thanks to the folks at Woolaston this reference is worth looking at
from this document go to the Examination pages and then Examination Process.
Should we be contacting the Inspector with our comments about wind turbines? Thoughts on this would be useful. 
So – please would you find the time to write to Mark Harper using any of the suggested areas plus your own ideas.  It doesn’t matter how short but if he could receive them between now and March 11th (3 weeks) it would make a significant impact before Easter and before JR in April. 
The new Crowd Funding site went live on Friday (19th) so if you can make people aware of it, or forego an Easter egg in the name of the cause, it would be appreciated – it’s numbers we are after to show we really are here.
And finally, as always, thanks for your support we will continue to keep in touch
Keep safe and take care
Molly

We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

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PS-103: The Great Wind Farm Tax ‘Con’

PS-103: The Great Wind Farm Tax ‘Con’

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PS – 103:

14-Feb-2016
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Revealed: the great wind farm tax ‘con’

Ministers may break pledge to stop funding onshore turbines with consumer subsidies

Under the plan, households would still be forced to pay millions of pounds on their energy bills to fund new wind farms Photo: ALAMY
 

The Government confirmed it was “looking carefully” at a wind industry proposal to continue public financial support for new turbines, despite a manifesto pledge to halt expansion.

Critics described the proposal as a con, and said the Conservatives’ policy had been “crystal clear” that the subsidies would stop.

Under the plan, households would still be forced to pay millions of pounds on their energy bills to fund new wind farms – but the payments would no longer be defined as subsidies.

Opponents called the plan ?outrageous?

The wind industry’s plan hinges on the fact that no new power plants are commercially viable to build at the moment without extra financial support from bill-payers.

If wind farms can be built at lower cost to consumers than alternatives, such as new gas plants, then payments to fund them should no longer be classed as “subsidy”, the industry argues.

“Hard-working energy consumers will not be conned by a change in name. The Conservative manifesto was crystal clear that public subsidies for onshore wind will stop”
Owen Paterson, Tory MP and former environment secretary

Andrea Leadsom, the energy minister, admitted that the proposal for so-called “subsidy-free” contracts would not in fact be “cost free” for bill-payers, but said the Government was “listening carefully to industry on how it can be delivered”.

Opponents called the plan “outrageous” and said that the proposals under consideration would still constitute subsidies.

Owen Paterson, the Tory MP and former environment secretary, said: “Hard-working energy consumers will not be conned by a change in name. The Conservative manifesto was crystal clear that public subsidies for onshore wind will stop.

Owen Paterson   Photo: GEOFF PUGH

“There is absolutely no place for subsidising wind – a failed medieval technology which during the coldest day of the year so far produced only 0.75 per cent of the electricity load.”

The Conservatives pledged in their 2015 manifesto to “halt the spread of onshore wind farms” and vowed to “end any new public subsidy” for the turbines.

More than 5,000 wind turbines have so far been built onshore in the UK under efforts to hit renewable energy and climate change targets.

Consumers are already estimated to pay in excess of £800 million a year in subsidies for the turbines, adding about £10 to an annual household energy bill.

David Cameron has said that Britain does not “need to have more of these subsidised onshore”.

But the proposal being considered by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) would see onshore wind farms continue to qualify for an existing subsidy scheme that guarantees developers a fixed price for electricity generated.

David Cameron must articulate a vision for Britain's role in a challenging worldDavid Cameron vowed to end wind farm subsidies.  Photo: Reuters

The most recent onshore wind farm contracts awarded under the scheme, early last year, were at prices of about £80 per megawatt hour (MWh) – more than double current market prices of about £35/MWh. Consumers will fund the difference through green levies on their energy bills.

Under the proposals being looked at by DECC, prices of between £60/MWh and £80/MWh would be regarded as “subsidy-free” by 2020.

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John Constable, of the Renewable Energy Foundation, a group critical of renewable energy costs, said it would be “outrageous” to regard the proposal DECC was considering as “subsidy free”. “It is just spin doctor stuff, it’s playing with words,” he said.

Glyn Davies, the Tory MP, a member of the energy select committee, said: “I don’t think we should be introducing mechanisms that continue with subsidy – just to say there’s no subsidy when there actually is.”

He said he would be “very concerned” if ministers continued payouts to new onshore wind farms.

Wind turbines near the village of Bothel in Cumbria. Onshore wind farms have split the Coalition and ToriesCritics say onshore wind farms blight the landscape.  Photo: Alamy

Fellow Tory Peter Lilley said the wind industry’s proposal “wouldn’t be subsidy-free” and that wind farms should not receive the same support as gas plants, because the power they produced was not reliable and was therefore worth less.

Mr Paterson added: “If we must support energy, we should help develop combined heat and power which increases efficiency from 50 per cent to 80 per cent or we should develop new technologies which actually work.”

A DECC source insisted energy secretary Amber Rudd was “crystal clear that the manifesto commitment to end new public subsidies for onshore wind and give local people the final say is delivered to the letter”.

“Any idea that doesn’t do this is simply not going to get the green light,” the source said.

The influential think-tank Policy Exchange has said that “subsidy-free” contracts should be offered to support the construction of new onshore wind farms in Scotland and Wales, as well as replacing old turbines with new, far bigger ones.

Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of Renewable UK, said it would be “anti-competitive” to bar any technology from competing for the financial support being offered for new power plants.

A DECC spokesman said: “There is no change to our commitment to end new onshore wind subsidies. Our actions have shown that we will be tough on subsidies, in order to keep bills down for our families and businesses.”

• British Gas and EDF Energy cut gas prices by £31 a year

At a glance

Green subsidies

Solar panels being installed on a roof

Owners of wind turbines, solar panels and biomass power plants are paid subsidies for the electricity they generate. The subsidies are funded by levies on consumer energy bills. The total cost of subsidies was supposed to be limited to £7.6 billion in 2020 but is now on track to hit £9.1 billion.

The costs on your bill:

£45Estimated cost per household of key green subsidy schemes in 2014
£92 Supposed cost per household of subsidies in 2020 under spending cap 
£110Forecast actual cost per household of subsidies in 2020 due to overspend

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We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.

We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies of the ‘Warmists’ & self proclaimed ‘Greens’, which are presented as ‘fact’, regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Change.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

Posted by: Greg Lance – Watkins (site owner)

If you would like more information about Stroat see: http://Stroat-Gloucestershire.com/

If you would like more information about Greg_L-W see: http://GregLanceWatkins.com/

E&OE

IF you note ANY errors of fact in this or any other web site or blog I own please bring it to my attention for correction @ Greg_L-W@BTconnect.com – Thank you.