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I do not believe it would be unreasonable to wonder if the degree of bias in this article might reflect the amount of advertising garnerted or hoped for from the prime subject of the article!
Clearly the Council was not only unwise but it has now been adjudgedlegally wrong to permit effective bribes by the applicant to influence their planning decision. It is worth noting that the subsidies for installing Wind Turbines are paid by tax payers and also from a levy on fuel bills – thus the claims of community benefit were in fact effectively being paid by the community to the community! Some bribe.
Effectively the the Courts have with consistency sided with the wishes of the clear majority of those effected by this application where it has been cleartly shown that the local community have been opposed to the immense & damaging instalation, despite our own Council made the vexatious decision to oppose the rate payers!
You will note that there is no balanced claim in the article showing just how incredibly environmentally damaging Wind Turbines are and just how unreliable and ridiculous the pretence they are beneficial is – nor how ineffective a source of energy they are and the irrefutable fact that the CO2 output in their manufacture is almost impossible for them to make compensation for in their working life.
It is worthy of note that the government has advocated that no further on land applications are considered – primarily of course because they are neither fit for purpose nor cost effective and are undeniably hugely ecologically damaging!
The lies presented by scoundrels seeking personal gain from these monstrosities are quite staggering, just as with the manner in which effective bribes are offered so that applicants can tap the system for these money spinning subsidies.
BLOODIED but unbowed – the group fighting to build a giant wind turbine in Tidenham were picking themselves up from the wreckage of an unfavourable court judgment this week.
The Woolaston-based Resilience Centre which operates community turbines at St Briavels and Alvington, has been fighting against a court judgment in 2016 which quashed planning permission for a third turbine in Tidenham.
And this week, the Court of Appeal upheld the previous judgment that the planning permission granted by Forest of Dean District Council was unlawful because it took into account the scheme’s financial donations to the community.
The donations – promised by the Resilience Centre to total between £500,000 – £1,100,000 – were to be administered through a Community Benefit Society formed under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.
The council accepted that the donations had been taken into account in granting the permission.
The question for the Court was whether that approach was lawful.
This week Lord Justice McFarlane, Lord Justice Davis and Lord Justice Hikinbottom handed down their judgment which upheld the decision of the previous hearing.
But Sue Clarke, who heads the Resilience Centre, said the group still has a number of legal options to consider before it concedes defeat.
“Obviously we and the community were all very disappointed by the court’s decision,” she said.
“But there is a possibility of further action with a number of options open to us.”
The judges’ decision boiled down to their ruling that the financial benefit to the community should not have been regarded as ‘material’ to the granting of planning permission.
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