Peter Wright Announces His High Court Victory Against FoDDC.

Peter Wright Announces His High Court Victory &
Overturning Of FoDDC’s Wind Turbine Consent:

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09-Jun-2016
Peter Wright Announces His High Court Victory
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Overturning Of FoDDC’s Wind Turbine Consent:

Dear All
In Molly’s absence abroad I wanted to share some very, very good news!
Earlier today Mr Justice Ian Dove passed Judgement in our favour in the Judicial Review. We have not yet received the formal Judgement ourselves but it is now public knowledge that he has agreed 100% with our Claim and has ordered that the Planning Consent for the Severndale Turbine by the FODDC should be quashed. Costs will also be awarded in our favour to be paid by the FODDC up to an amount to be agreed by the Judge but likely to be circa £35k.
I attach an extract from an independent Planning Bulletin that has been sent out following his decision which summarises matters as follows:-
 
“However, in upholding a local objector’s challenge to that decision, the court noted that it is fundamental that planning permissions are never for sale.
The fact that the scheme was community led did not excuse the local authority from carrying out a full examination of its planning merits.
 
The donations served no planning purpose and did not fairly and reasonably relate to the development itself, the judge ruled.
 
No particular community benefits had been identified to which the donations would be applied and the latter were thus irrelevant to the council’s determination of land use and development control issues. The planning permission was quashed.”
   
So we have won our case. It remains to be seen whether the FODDC will seek leave to appeal to the Courts of Appeal or whether Resilience and the Edwards will submit a new Planning Application afresh. But for tonight you may raise a glass to celebrate an historic victory for the true Local Community in Stroat and Tidenham.
Thank you all for your support over the past few months, we could not have done this without you.
With all best wishes
Peter Wright

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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!

WT HANLEY VISIBLE RANGE 01

 

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)

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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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(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
WT - POSTER VANDALISM 01
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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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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20-Feb-2916
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.

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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