September 26, 2013

If decision to reject a wind farm is appealed for the second time then taxpayers should not have to pay the costs, says councillor

Edward Curwen | News & Crier | 25 September 2013 |

Taxpayers should not have to pay for another expensive appeal if a wind farm developer challenges planners for a second time, a councillor has said.

Broadview Energy had their revised plans for a three-turbine wind farm near Kimbolton rejected last week by Huntingdonshire District Council.

It was the second time the company had been knocked back by planners.

And their original submission was only defeated after a lengthy and expensive inquiry.

Jonathan Gray represents Kimbolton and Staughton – where the wind farm was proposed – at Huntingdonshire District Council.

He said: “Between the action group [Stop Bicton Wind Farm] and the council well over six figures was spent on the first appeal.

“And if there is any appeal we’ll put the same amount of effort in again.

“It’s very unusual for us as a council to apply for costs, but my personal opinion is there isn’t enough difference between the two applications and as a council we should try to recover costs. I will be pressing for that.

“If we’re going to have a credible planning policy we have to defend it. The message coming to me from residents and across the county is we have got enough of these things in Huntingdonshire. We’re just surrounded by them.”

Huntingdonshire District Council have not yet received an appeal from Broadview.

After the decision last week Tom Cosgrove of Broadview Energy said: “We are currently considering our options.”

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