Australia’s Coalition has pledged to stop wind farms from being built within two kilometres of homes, without the consent of residents.
The Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, has called in a proposed three turbine wind farm at Chepstowe, near Ballarat, which is close to one occupied dwelling.
Whilst not usually ones to speak out about what they are doing personally, the Lenches and the immediate surrounding area has become an example of just what householders can do themselves when it comes to renewable energy.
Next time you come and enjoy the wonderful landscape that exists in the Lenches, either just to pass through, or to enjoy the Blossom trail, pause for moment and take a closer look.
The Lenches now has, per house more solar PV panels, Solar thermal panels, air source and ground source heat pumps in operation than any of the other villages in the Vale!
So, if you want to find out how You can really do Your bit for the environment, just come and visit us.
(p.s if you can’t see the panels, it’s because a lot of the Lenches is a conservation area, and they have been discretely installed on roofs and in areas that don’t face the road!)
Today’s Planning Committee decision to reject the windfarm application is the right one. Large wind turbines should be more than 2Km from homes and preferably offshore.
For over two years we have been working towards achieving this decis
ion. The journey has been long and arduous and deeply affected many resident’s lives.
Developments of this magnitude require more technical research and more opportunties to consult the communities in a more respectful and consultative way. Not just the odd village hall ‘open evening’ with inadequate paper questionnaires. It must be a community decision ensuring the right technology is in the right environment.
We are aware that this may not be the end of resident’s plight. The Applicant is a large corporation with substantial Parent Company financial backing. They have the funds to force an Appeal.
If an Appeal is successful it won’t be the Applicant or its employees that will have health and home affected by the decisions of others .
We will fight on.
VVASP is not against wind farms as a renewable energy source, we believe in the right renewable technology in the right environment. The Vale of Evesham is not the right environment for 410 feet/126m wind turbines.
Wychavon District Council has today published the planning report on the Lenchwick wind farm planning application.
The report will be considered at a special meeting of Wychavon District Council’s Development Control Committee on January 27. The report recommends members of the committee to refuse the application.
In summary, the reasons for the recommendation are:
- Landscape – the proposed wind turbines would lead to an unacceptable adverse impact on the character of the landscape and a visual intrusion
- Noise – the development would expose nearby residential properties like Manor Farm and Manor Farm Cottage to excessive and unreasonable levels of noise
- Residential amenity – the wind farm’s proximity to residential properties, including Badgers Sett, Manor Farm, Manor Farm Cottage and Garfield House, would create an overly imposing, dominating and oppressive visual effect
- Highways – the Highways Agency has concerns about the use of the M5 and the A46 to deliver the wind turbine components. Worcestershire County Council has also objected to the impact construction traffic would have on the maintenance of the existing highway.
The full planning report, including the full reasons for refusal, can be read at www.wychavon.gov.uk/planning.
The planning application, by ScottishPower Renewables, is for a wind farm on land east of Bishampton Bank.
The proposals include the erection of five 2.3 mega watt turbines measuring 126.5 metres to tip (80 metres to hub) and infrastructure including hardstandings, access tracks, compounds and a permanent meteorological mast.
ScottishPower Renewables is applying for permission to install and operate the wind farm for 25 years.
The Development Control Committee special meeting will be held on Thursday 27 January at 2.00pm in the Civic Centre at Pershore.
Relative Sizes of Lenchwick Wind Turbines with Broadway Tower, Pershore Abbey, Church Lench Church and Worcester Cathedral