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Wind farm inquiry costs double due to delays

A local authority's costs in fighting an appeal against its refusal of a wind farm in the Vale of Belvoir have doubled to £100,000. The public inquiry into an application by energy company Ridgewind to put up eight 328ft turbines at Normanton, near Bottesford, over-ran by almost a week.

A local authority's costs in fighting an appeal against its refusal of a wind farm in the Vale of Belvoir have doubled to 100,000.

The public inquiry into an application by energy company Ridgewind to put up eight 328ft turbines at Normanton, near Bottesford, over-ran by almost a week.

Last week, planning inspector Christopher Frost ruled against the company on landscape, heritage and residential amenity grounds.

An application by a different company for a 10-turbine wind farm less than a mile away was dismissed, on appeal, two years ago on identical grounds.

The Ridgewind inquiry began in February and resumed in March and again in May.

Melton Borough Council last year agreed to allocate 50,000 from its reserves to fight the appeal. The extra money will come out of the same fund.

Belvoir Locals Oppose Turbines (Blot) raised 40,000 to represent people living in the Vale of Belvoir who were opposed to the scheme.

Jim Worley, the council's head of regulatory services, said: "Public inquiries are expensive and demanding events but this council believed it was essential to play a full role and ensure residents' views were heard."

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A local authority's costs in fighting an appeal against its refusal of a wind farm in the Vale of Belvoir have doubled to £100,000.

The public inquiry into an application by energy company Ridgewind to put up eight 328ft turbines at Normanton, near Bottesford, over-ran by almost a week.

Last week, planning inspector Christopher Frost ruled against the company on landscape, heritage and residential amenity grounds.

An application by a different company for a 10-turbine wind farm less than a mile away was dismissed, on appeal, two years ago on identical grounds.

The Ridgewind inquiry began in February and resumed in March and again in May.

Melton Borough Council last year agreed to allocate £50,000 from its reserves to fight the appeal. The extra money will come out of the same fund.

Belvoir Locals Oppose Turbines (Blot) raised £40,000 to represent people living in the Vale of Belvoir who were opposed to the scheme.

Jim Worley, the council's head of regulatory services, said: "Public inquiries are expensive and demanding events but this council believed it was essential to play a full role and ensure residents' views were heard."

Jamie Mawer, of Blot, said: "It was a lot of money for the council. We raised £90,000 to be represented at this inquiry and the previous one.

"Councils are now saying they can't do it because they can't afford it. It's time MPs took this issue up.

"There are more of these applications on the horizon and Melton can't fight them all."


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JUL 14 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/27232-wind-farm-inquiry-costs-double-due-to-delays
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