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‘Ignored’ communities call for pause to wind farms

In a joint letter to Scottish Government ministers with responsibility for transport, electricity transmission, rural economy and tourism, South Knapdale and Tarbert and Skipness community councils joined forces with their five Kintyre equivalents to express concern at the pace and size of wind farm developments on valuable landscapes. They also claim some windfarm developers have recently ignored Scottish Government advice on providing community benefits – cash for local organisations – and shared community ownership.
30 Apr 2021

Council loses Supreme Court appeal over whether community fund donation was material consideration for grant of planning permission

The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that a district council acted unlawfully when, in granting planning permission for a wind turbine, it took into account a proposed donation to a local community fund. ..."they were proffered as a general inducement to the Council to grant planning permission and constituted a method of seeking to buy the permission sought, in breach of the principle that planning permission cannot be bought or sold." 
20 Nov 2019

R v. Resilient Energy Severndale Ltd - Decision

R_v_resilient_energy_severndale_and_forest_dean_district_council_-_judgement_thumb The attached appeal upholds the prior judgement to revoke the planning permission for a single community scale 500kw wind turbine at Severndale Farm, Tidenham, Gloucestershire. Resilient Energy's granted planning permission was heavily influenced by their promise to provide an annual donation to a local community fund. The court determined that this donation did not qualify as material consideration, due to its intended purposes unrelated to the developer's land use, and, therefore, was unlawfully taken into account by the Forest of Dean District Council in making their decision. 
20 Nov 2019

Planners have rejected a plan to build four wind turbines on land near Methven

But Perth and Kinross Local Review Body upheld the planning department’s refusal, citing concerns over the impact of the turbines on tourism and on scenery because of their size and proposed layout. A total of 17 people, believed to live close by, wrote in support of the scheme, with 117 objecting, as well as community councils from Auchterarder to Methven.
1 Apr 2016

Council gives thumbs up to wind turbine as residents promise to fight back

Protesters, who packed out the Council Chamber at Gedling's Civic Centre, promised to continue their fight to get the turbine taken down. Former criminal lawyer Julia Holder, who is part of WCAT, said: "We fought the battle and won the battle, but here we go again. If there are grounds, we will have no hesitation going through the judicial review process again."
14 Jan 2016

Planning officers refuse application for second wind turbine at Naylor's Hill Quarry, Black Moor Road

They said that despite the benefits of renewable energy, the negative elements of the application were not outweighed by any "special circumstances" in its favour. Their report states: "The proposed wind turbine would represent an encroachment of inappropriate development into the Green Belt that would have a harmful effect on the openness of the Green Belt.
9 Oct 2015

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=UK&topic=Zoning%2FPlanning
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