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Archive from August 2011
Update 31st August 2011 
(31 Aug 2011)
Update 31st August 2011

Hello Everyone,

There has still been no planning application submitted by npower for the proposed Wind Farm at Molesworth.

THE AGM FOR THE ACTION GROUP ON THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER AT 7.30PM AT BYTHORN VILLAGE HALL. Everyone is welcome, further details will follow towards the end of September. Please put this date in your diaries.

Many of you may be aware of plans for a proposed wind farm near Lyveden New Bield a wonderful place to visit, incorporating an Elizabethan garden and Lodge which are grade 1 listed. The process has reached the appeal stage, to be held at Thrapston Council Offices on 16th November at 10.00am, and the action group Stop Barnwell Manor Wind Farm

(web address - www.stopbarnwellmanorwindfarm.org.uk ) are asking for as many people as possible to write letters of objection to the Planning Inspectorate details given below.

-Always quote the Case Reference 2156757 and if writing please send 3 copies of your letter.

-Letters of objection need to be received by Tuesday 20th September.

-Further details can be found on the Action Group's Web Site.

The case officer for appeal is Sian Evans. The objection can be submitted by email to sian.evans@pins.gsi.gov.uk , or by post to Siân Evans, Major Casework, The Planning Inspectorate, 4/02 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

The Stop Barnwell Manor Farm Action Group is holding a fund raising coffee morning this Saturday 3rd September in the Francis Giffen Memorial Hall, Sudborough between 10.30am and 1.00pm. Roger Helmer MEP will be giving a short talk on windfarms/green energy just after 10.30, and will be available for questions afterwards. Please support this event if possible.

In the last email update I mentioned a petition for all those who are opposed to wind turbines being located to close to dwellings. If you have not already done so please could you sign this petition and pass on the details to anyone who would be supportive and interested including partners, children, friends etc. We need to get as many signatures as possible to make politicians listen and react to our concerns.

Visit the following link and sign the e-Petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/5912

THE E-PETITION WORDING: UK renewable energy policy and associated planning policies should give far greater weight to principles of fairness and social justice.

Responsible department: Department for Energy and Climate Change

We the undersigned recognise the UK's legally binding commitment to tackle climate change and urge the UK Government to give far greater weight to the principles of fairness and social justice within renewable energy and planning policy in order to win public support. Specifically, we believe that:

1) Private interest groups should not profit disproportionately from sacrifices made to tackle climate change and economic benefits must be more fairly and transparently distributed.

2) The burden of achieving carbon emission reduction through new renewable energy developments should be shared out more equally across regions and districts.

3) Communities throughout the UK deserve fair treatment, with equally effective protection from new forms of negative impact arising from renewable energy technologies.

4) In the spirit of localism, communities should be empowered to determine the type and location of new renewable energy developments that are acceptable for their neighbourhood.

As always if you have any queries please contact me.

Thanks,

Vicky Wood

01832 710612

Wind Farm Policy - Petition for Change 
(23 Aug 2011)
For all those who are opposed to wind turbines being located to close to dwellings- please could you sign this petition and pass it on to anyone who would be supportive and interested including partners, children etc. We need to get as many signatures as possible to make polititians listen and react to our concerns.

Visit the following link and sign the e-Petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/5912

See below for all the information concerning this.

Any queries please contact me.

Thanks,

Vicky Wood

01832 710612

WHY YOU SHOULD SIGN THIS NEW HM GOVERNMENT E-PETITION

Whatever your personal views on climate change, UK cabinet ministers have agreed to a far-reaching, legally binding ""green deal"" that will commit the UK to two decades of drastic cuts in carbon emissions. This ‘green deal’ will be immensely profitable for wealthy landowners, developers and for the energy industry, all of whom will be the beneficiaries of a massive transfer of wealth from ordinary consumers through surcharges levied on energy bills. Equally this deal is manifestly unfair to the thousands of rural communities that will be literally forced to accept the loss of amenity resulting from the construction and operation of local renewable energy plants and supporting infrastructure without proportionate compensation in order to export power back to major population centres.

According to the latest figures (2009) around 21% of UK households are already suffering from fuel poverty. Rural households are far more likely to find themselves in fuel poverty than urban households, so the impact of funding the ‘green deal’ is already falling disproportionately on vulnerable people living in rural communities and disproportionately on some UK regions. Moreover, the burden of new generation development is not being shared fairly, with some constituencies and regions doing little to meet the challenge of climate change and others enduring a land-rush of speculative planning applications for the construction of intrusive renewable energy plants.

Resistance to the practical implementation of UK Government strategy on renewable energy development seems to be becoming more entrenched day by day. To date this resistance has simply been channelled and vented through the democratic checks and balances that exist in the planning system. Unfortunately, politicians have simply focused on removing these checks and balances instead of asking why the electorate has been applying them.

Plans to construct the large numbers of renewable energy plants urgently needed to fulfil legally binding climate change commitments are very likely to be overwhelmingly rejected at future elections unless Ministers alter course and offer the rural electorate a “fair deal” on renewable energy that addresses their specific concerns and offers appropriate safeguards. This change of emphasis has to start now!

Unfortunately the planning system allows no room for the grievances of rural communities to be aired so that Ministers can hear them. Principles like ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice’ are not material planning considerations. However they are material political considerations – so please take this opportunity to make your voice heard in Westminster before it is too late!

THE E-PETITION WORDING:

UK renewable energy policy and associated planning policies should give far greater weight to principles of fairness and social justice.

Responsible department: Department for Energy and Climate Change

We the undersigned recognise the UK’s legally binding commitment to tackle climate change and urge the UK Government to give far greater weight to the principles of fairness and social justice within renewable energy and planning policy in order to win public support. Specifically, we believe that:

1) Private interest groups should not profit disproportionately from sacrifices made to tackle climate change and economic benefits must be more fairly and transparently distributed.

2) The burden of achieving carbon emission reduction through new renewable energy developments should be shared out more equally across regions and districts.

3) Communities throughout the UK deserve fair treatment, with equally effective protection from new forms of negative impact arising from renewable energy technologies.

4) In the spirit of localism, communities should be empowered to determine the type and location of new renewable energy developments that are acceptable for their neighbourhood.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

Visit the following link and sign the e-Petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/5912

Please return to this email, click ‘Forward’ and then open your email address book.

Identify at least two people (ideally more) that you think might share your views and would also like to sign this HM Government e-Petition.

Select their email addresses.

Type a short note asking them to sign as soon as possible.

Click send!

Update 15th August 2011 
(16 Aug 2011)

Hello Everyone,

There has still been no planning application submitted by npower for the proposed Wind Farm at Molesworth. However there have been further photographs taken of the site in the past fortnight so it would appear the application is still being considered.

It has now been over a year since we learnt of the wind farm proposal and we will be holding the

AGM FOR THE ACTION GROUP ON THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER AT 7.30PM AT BYTHORN VILLAGE HALL.

Everyone is welcome, further details will follow in the next update letter. Please put this date in your diaries.

Many of you may be aware that the government is proposing new planning laws under the National Planning Policy Framework. In this policy there is the presumption in favour of sustainable development which means if we wish for further development we can request it but if a development is proposed it will make it much harder for local communities to oppose it. See George Osborne’s Budget speech: ‘We will introduce a new presumption in favour of sustainable development so that the default answer to development is “yes”.’ So much for “Local Opinion Counts!!”

CPRE is pushing for a change to this proposed legislation and have a sample letter on their web site which can be sent to your local MP and also one to the local press. All you have to do is fill in your name and address, you can add your own comments and then send it electronically, a copy is sent to your email account. I would recommend everyone joins this national campaign, has a look at this site and uses the pro forma to ensure our MP is fully aware of the views of his constituents and if we all send the sample letter to the local newspapers they might decide to run the story. Either Google CPRE or see the web site link below -

http://www.cpre.org.uk/ and click on “The Planning Under Attack” box.

The Bicton Wind Farm at Kimbolton appeal hearing begins tomorrow Tuesday 16th August at 10.00am in the Civic Suite at Pathfinder House, Huntingdon. It will last for just over 2 weeks (no sessions are held on Mondays.) Members of the public are welcome to attend (you do not have to remain for an entire session). More details can be found on their web site http://www.stopbictonwindfarm.org.uk/

The Woolley Hill Wind Farm planning application was turned down by Huntingdon District Council. Their Action Group are waiting to see if the energy company RES will appeal, they have until early January to lodge their appeal application.

If you have any questions, require further information please contact me. Thank you for your continued support,

Vicky Wood

Chairman Stop Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group

Phone: 01832 710612 Email: info@stopmolesworthwindfarm.org.uk

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