High court boosts wind farm backers

Rowena Quantrill and Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall, of the Clean Energy Alliance, have welcomed a ruling that a council could not impose a 1.2km separation distance between wind turbines and homes

Rowena Quantrill and Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall, of the Clean Energy Alliance, have welcomed a ruling that a council could not impose a 1.2km separation distance between wind turbines and homes

First published in News

PRO-WIND farm campaigners believe their case to overturn a Wiltshire Council policy has been bolstered by a court ruling.

The Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance is against the council’s policy to have a sliding scale of separation distances between homes and wind turbines.

The policy would result in distances of 1.5km, 2km or 3km depending on the height of turbines and would ensure that much of Wiltshire’s land would be unavailable for wind farm development.

The council’s ruling Conservative group adopted the policy last June but, after an outcry by environmental campaigners, the policy will be examined during an inquiry into Wiltshire’s Core Strategy next month.

The Alliance has welcomed a ruling by a High Court judge on Monday who said Milton Keynes Council could not impose a separation distance of 1.2km between turbines and homes.

Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall, co-ordinator of the Alliance, who lives in Calne, said: “Wiltshire is already the second-worst county in the south west when it comes to generating green power – and is missing out on jobs and other economic benefits as a result.

“We fully support planning rules that ensure wind farms are sensitively designed and located, but there is no evidence to show that buffer zones are the right way forward.”

Wiltshire Council said that as the wind farm policy is to be examined at the inquiry it would be inappropriate to comment.

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12:28pm Sun 21 Apr 13

KarenSTEMM says...

I would like to know if any members of the Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance, including these two ladies, stand to make any money from wind turbines? Secondly, I hope, with all my heart, that their homes are imprisoned by dozens of towering turbines of hundreds of feet in height, as has happened elsewhere in the UK. They should really get out and talk to people whose lives have been blighted by these inefficient, unreliable follies which stand testament to human greed.
I would like to know if any members of the Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance, including these two ladies, stand to make any money from wind turbines? Secondly, I hope, with all my heart, that their homes are imprisoned by dozens of towering turbines of hundreds of feet in height, as has happened elsewhere in the UK. They should really get out and talk to people whose lives have been blighted by these inefficient, unreliable follies which stand testament to human greed. KarenSTEMM
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2:30pm Sun 21 Apr 13

turbinevictim says...

Perhaps the two ladies pictured in the article love wind turbines so much they would like to buy my once treasured home that is now blighted by 6 x 110m turbines just 900 metres distant. It has been on the market for three years and even by reducing the price by half it will not sell; those that have viewed it always state they could never live in the constant, inescapable and overwhelming presence of these monstrosities. It is not just the visual presence but the noise, which I can only describe as being like a train that never arrives; according to the council the noise remains within the legal limits and yet we have to often stay with relatives just to get a proper night’s sleep. Through no fault of their own my family are permanently trapped in an endless nightmare; even if some fool bought our home the price reduction has put us in negative equity; all this for what greater good?

Well, the farmer is now a very rich man and the despicable wind developers will also make their millions; well worth the fortune they ‘invested’ in paying pro-wind groups (similar to Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance) to support their planning application and subsequent appeal, plus the £400 an hour QC, and a hat full of devious tricks.

Anyone with a grain of intelligence and knowledge will know that UK wind farms will not make a dot of difference to global warming, even if such a thing does really exist. Wind farms are about only two things; pointless tokenism and pure greed at the expense of others.

Quiet frankly, Ms Quantrill and Ms Fearnley-Whittingsta
ll should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for wanting to impart the miseries, that I and others have suffered, onto the good people of Wiltshire.
Perhaps the two ladies pictured in the article love wind turbines so much they would like to buy my once treasured home that is now blighted by 6 x 110m turbines just 900 metres distant. It has been on the market for three years and even by reducing the price by half it will not sell; those that have viewed it always state they could never live in the constant, inescapable and overwhelming presence of these monstrosities. It is not just the visual presence but the noise, which I can only describe as being like a train that never arrives; according to the council the noise remains within the legal limits and yet we have to often stay with relatives just to get a proper night’s sleep. Through no fault of their own my family are permanently trapped in an endless nightmare; even if some fool bought our home the price reduction has put us in negative equity; all this for what greater good? Well, the farmer is now a very rich man and the despicable wind developers will also make their millions; well worth the fortune they ‘invested’ in paying pro-wind groups (similar to Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance) to support their planning application and subsequent appeal, plus the £400 an hour QC, and a hat full of devious tricks. Anyone with a grain of intelligence and knowledge will know that UK wind farms will not make a dot of difference to global warming, even if such a thing does really exist. Wind farms are about only two things; pointless tokenism and pure greed at the expense of others. Quiet frankly, Ms Quantrill and Ms Fearnley-Whittingsta ll should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for wanting to impart the miseries, that I and others have suffered, onto the good people of Wiltshire. turbinevictim
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12:35pm Mon 22 Apr 13

KarenSTEMM says...

Yes, wind 'energy' is a sham. It is unreliable, costly both to consumers and the environment, and, quite often, is a get rich quick scheme for already wealthy landowners and foreign owned energy companies. So many of those who have elevated wind turbines as images of a evangelical green religion are involved, in some way or another, with the wind energy industry. Take, for example, Sophy Fearnley-Whittingsta
ll, the co-ordinator of the Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance, who was Head of Campaign Partnerships for the rather smugly named, Good Energy, based in Wiltshire. She now runs SFW Communications, a PR company, which, according to its website, has a strong focus on onshore wind farms. So, she's just a regular local resident then, like all those whose homes stand to lose around 30% of their value due to the proximity of wind turbines. Mind you, all that should push some business her way.
Yes, wind 'energy' is a sham. It is unreliable, costly both to consumers and the environment, and, quite often, is a get rich quick scheme for already wealthy landowners and foreign owned energy companies. So many of those who have elevated wind turbines as images of a evangelical green religion are involved, in some way or another, with the wind energy industry. Take, for example, Sophy Fearnley-Whittingsta ll, the co-ordinator of the Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance, who was Head of Campaign Partnerships for the rather smugly named, Good Energy, based in Wiltshire. She now runs SFW Communications, a PR company, which, according to its website, has a strong focus on onshore wind farms. So, she's just a regular local resident then, like all those whose homes stand to lose around 30% of their value due to the proximity of wind turbines. Mind you, all that should push some business her way. KarenSTEMM
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9:36pm Mon 22 Apr 13

shed says...

These two women are typical of the misguided woolly minded middle class Laura Ashley draped meddlers that have ruined the green movement.

Interesting to see they have a financial interest in the wretched things.

As long as Wiltshire council is against then I'll vote for any one that keeps the status quo.

I bet neither of these deluded dreamers wants one hear their house.
These two women are typical of the misguided woolly minded middle class Laura Ashley draped meddlers that have ruined the green movement. Interesting to see they have a financial interest in the wretched things. As long as Wiltshire council is against then I'll vote for any one that keeps the status quo. I bet neither of these deluded dreamers wants one hear their house. shed
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8:28pm Tue 23 Apr 13

wondering why says...

can't think of anything more disfiguring to the countryside than a wind turbine, the set of 6 north of Shrivenham are an eyesore. Inefficient, they emit more CO2 in building them than they save when working. Wave generation or Seven Tidal Barrage would be better.
can't think of anything more disfiguring to the countryside than a wind turbine, the set of 6 north of Shrivenham are an eyesore. Inefficient, they emit more CO2 in building them than they save when working. Wave generation or Seven Tidal Barrage would be better. wondering why
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10:39am Wed 24 Apr 13

Don Jones says...

Right. Lots of people seem to have an agenda on here but could someone please just give me a straight answer to a straight question? Apart from the aesthetics (and I can't quite understand people not wanting them too close), what's the problem with wind turbines? Sounds to me like they should provide cheap, almost limitless power. So are they inefficient or something?
Right. Lots of people seem to have an agenda on here but could someone please just give me a straight answer to a straight question? Apart from the aesthetics (and I can't quite understand people not wanting them too close), what's the problem with wind turbines? Sounds to me like they should provide cheap, almost limitless power. So are they inefficient or something? Don Jones
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11:08am Wed 24 Apr 13

shed says...

Don Jones wrote:
Right. Lots of people seem to have an agenda on here but could someone please just give me a straight answer to a straight question? Apart from the aesthetics (and I can't quite understand people not wanting them too close), what's the problem with wind turbines? Sounds to me like they should provide cheap, almost limitless power. So are they inefficient or something?
they don't work when the wind don't blow.

like in the winter equinox, when its coldest.

when the wind blows too hard they have to turn them off.

The noise from them is a pollutant.
visually they are awful, the are an offence to anyones eyes.

They are nearly always erected in areas of natural beauty, ruining the pleasure of all who use those areas,

They are fatal to numerous birds.

They are also dangerous, they have been know to burn out, fall over, and the blades fall off. A lot more often than the Laura Ashley brigade will have you believe.

The electricity they are capable of generating is far outweighed by the carbon cost of making/maintaining/i
mporting the things.

lastly the biggest benefit is to owners of vast estates who get taxpayer money handed to them just for having the cursed things on their land.

In short they are a scam.One of Tony Blairs scams

You will find that the biggest supporters of these things have a financial stake in them, viz the minister responsible for energy or whatever he does these days.

Either that or deluded LSE dreamers.

We have massive reserves of coal in this country and its ironic that the mob dancing in the streets at Thatchers death because of how she treated the miners are also the same idiots campaigning to close down coal fired powers stations, we certainly have the technology to clean up coal fired emissions.

The benefits of wind power generated energy are a drop in a very large ocean compared to the filth being pumped out in Asia.

Lots more info out there if you care to look.

If you want to be "green" use less of everything".
[quote][p][bold]Don Jones[/bold] wrote: Right. Lots of people seem to have an agenda on here but could someone please just give me a straight answer to a straight question? Apart from the aesthetics (and I can't quite understand people not wanting them too close), what's the problem with wind turbines? Sounds to me like they should provide cheap, almost limitless power. So are they inefficient or something?[/p][/quote]they don't work when the wind don't blow. like in the winter equinox, when its coldest. when the wind blows too hard they have to turn them off. The noise from them is a pollutant. visually they are awful, the are an offence to anyones eyes. They are nearly always erected in areas of natural beauty, ruining the pleasure of all who use those areas, They are fatal to numerous birds. They are also dangerous, they have been know to burn out, fall over, and the blades fall off. A lot more often than the Laura Ashley brigade will have you believe. The electricity they are capable of generating is far outweighed by the carbon cost of making/maintaining/i mporting the things. lastly the biggest benefit is to owners of vast estates who get taxpayer money handed to them just for having the cursed things on their land. In short they are a scam.One of Tony Blairs scams You will find that the biggest supporters of these things have a financial stake in them, viz the minister responsible for energy or whatever he does these days. Either that or deluded LSE dreamers. We have massive reserves of coal in this country and its ironic that the mob dancing in the streets at Thatchers death because of how she treated the miners are also the same idiots campaigning to close down coal fired powers stations, we certainly have the technology to clean up coal fired emissions. The benefits of wind power generated energy are a drop in a very large ocean compared to the filth being pumped out in Asia. Lots more info out there if you care to look. If you want to be "green" use less of everything". shed
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12:44pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Don Jones says...

Thank you.
Thank you. Don Jones
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1:07pm Wed 24 Apr 13

KarenSTEMM says...

The link below takes you to the National Grid status site which gives you up to the minute information regarding how much energy is being produced and by what means. For example, as I write the entire UK fleet of some 4,500 wind turbines is producing 3.24GW (and it is quite windy today), while the UK demand is 40.00GW. Meanwhile, the other totally reliable power producers are: coal 15.10GW; gas 9.07GW; and, nuclear 8.64GW. When we have calm days these three have to ramp up quickly to meet the demand. In other words, without them the lights would definitely go out. Yet, our Government, encouraged by the Greens and those with vested interests, are urging closure of coal plants while protesting against the creation of gas and nuclear generation. We need very few of these compared to the thousands more massive turbines which we are threatened with, yet which still won't work when there's little or no wind! You really couldn't make it up! http://www.gridwatch
.templar.co.uk/
The link below takes you to the National Grid status site which gives you up to the minute information regarding how much energy is being produced and by what means. For example, as I write the entire UK fleet of some 4,500 wind turbines is producing 3.24GW (and it is quite windy today), while the UK demand is 40.00GW. Meanwhile, the other totally reliable power producers are: coal 15.10GW; gas 9.07GW; and, nuclear 8.64GW. When we have calm days these three have to ramp up quickly to meet the demand. In other words, without them the lights would definitely go out. Yet, our Government, encouraged by the Greens and those with vested interests, are urging closure of coal plants while protesting against the creation of gas and nuclear generation. We need very few of these compared to the thousands more massive turbines which we are threatened with, yet which still won't work when there's little or no wind! You really couldn't make it up! http://www.gridwatch .templar.co.uk/ KarenSTEMM
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