[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Wiltshire Council told to rethink wind farm policy 

Credit:  By Staff reporter | www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk 21 August 2012 ~~

A planning inspector has told Wiltshire Council to go back and consult the public on a controversial amendment to the Core Strategy, which will govern future planning and development in the county.

On June 26 Wiltshire Council agreed its new Core Strategy. At the last minute, an amendment was accepted that aimed to create minimum separation distances between homes and wind farms. The scale of these separation distances would effectively end prospects of wind farm development in Wiltshire.

Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall, head of campaign partnerships at Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier Good Energy, said: “Planning policy should be open-minded and un-biased, yet this amendment, rushed through at the 11th hour, seeks to place prejudice against one form of development at the heart of our planning system.”

The newly formed Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance, a group of local residents, businesses, and community groups from Pewsey to Bradford on Avon, wrote to the planning inspector, questioning the scientific basis of the amendment and the lack of public consultation. The planning inspector’s office replied that it has told Wiltshire Council that the public should be consulted on the proposed change.

Ms Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “The alliance has been formed to show that there is wide-spread opposition to this amendment, which isn’t just anti-wind, but anti-fairness. It is wrong to scrap an independent and evidence-based planning system and replace it with unscientific bias.

“All development should be subject to the same rules. Wind farms, as other developments, should be subject to fair planning scrutiny, considered on a case-by-case basis, and sited only where appropriate.”

She said that in an independent assessment for Wiltshire Council wind farms and biomass have been recognised as the key renewable energy opportunities for Wiltshire. They can also help Wiltshire become more energy independent and offer opportunities for communities to benefit.

The alliance says that if, following consultation, this amendment becomes policy then Wiltshire’s ability to reduce carbon emissions will be severely limited. The National Planning Policy Framework, which the Core Strategy is required to comply with, requires that councils ‘design their policies to maximise renewable and low carbon energy development while ensuring that adverse impacts are addressed’.

The justification for this amendment was public safety. However there has not been a single incident, anywhere in the world, where a member of the public has been seriously injured by the normal operation of a wind turbine.

Rowena Quantrill is a member of the Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance and the energy group of Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon. She said: “It is particularly concerning that the council was prepared to make such a significant change without public consultation.

“I hope other groups and individuals will support the Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance and help show that Wiltshire people want a planning system that is fair for everyone. People can find out more about how to register their objections to this policy on our website: http://www.wiltshirecea.org.uk.”

Source:  By Staff reporter | www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk 21 August 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky