Dengie wind farm appeals cost council more than £220,000

Maldon and Burnham Standard: The Grange Wind Farm in Lincolnshire, which has seven turbines of similar height to those that will be installed at Turncole Farm. Photo by Chris Whitehead. The Grange Wind Farm in Lincolnshire, which has seven turbines of similar height to those that will be installed at Turncole Farm. Photo by Chris Whitehead.

Failed appeals to stop wind farms being built have cost taxpayers more than £220,000.

The figure is for Maldon District Council’s costs in defending its decisions against installations at Hockley Farm in Bradwell, Middlewick in Southminster and Turncole Farm, between Southminster and Burnham.

In each case, the council had refused planning permission and the applicants lodged appeals with the Planning Inspectorate, which were subsequently upheld.

Penny Channer, chairman of the council’s planning and licensing committee, said: “The council does not like having to spend taxpayers’ money on planning appeals such as these, but we do reserve the right to refuse such applications when there is a compelling reason.

“Sadly, in these cases, the historic character and landscape of the district will now be changed for very many years.”

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9:32pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

So obviously a waste of money caused by the NIMBYs.

1) We need renewable energy.
2) Renewable energy give employment
3) The NIMBY locals who put pressure on council don't want anything to change since the 18th century
4)Realpolitik - when it goes up to the next level the NIMBYs always lose

So that' where our council tax goes...
So obviously a waste of money caused by the NIMBYs. 1) We need renewable energy. 2) Renewable energy give employment 3) The NIMBY locals who put pressure on council don't want anything to change since the 18th century 4)Realpolitik - when it goes up to the next level the NIMBYs always lose So that' where our council tax goes... Jack222
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9:44pm Thu 6 Mar 14

El Presendente says...

“ but we do reserve the right to refuse such applications when there is a compelling reason. Sadly, in these cases, the historic character and landscape of the district will now be changed for very many years.”

I wonder if Ms Channer will be listening to and more importantly acting-on the 'compelling reasons' not to build housing developments on numerous greenfield sites around Burnham as these will have a far greater and ever lasting detrimental impact on the area. Never mind the fact the current infrastructure is woefully inadequate for what's currently here, without adding to it.

As for on-shore wind-turbines, love them or hate them we need to do 'something' to plug the gap in energy production as our ageing/existing fossil fuel power stations are all coming to the end of their working lifespan.
“ but we do reserve the right to refuse such applications when there is a compelling reason. Sadly, in these cases, the historic character and landscape of the district will now be changed for very many years.” I wonder if Ms Channer will be listening to and more importantly acting-on the 'compelling reasons' not to build housing developments on numerous greenfield sites around Burnham as these will have a far greater and ever lasting detrimental impact on the area. Never mind the fact the current infrastructure is woefully inadequate for what's currently here, without adding to it. As for on-shore wind-turbines, love them or hate them we need to do 'something' to plug the gap in energy production as our ageing/existing fossil fuel power stations are all coming to the end of their working lifespan. El Presendente
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7:15am Fri 7 Mar 14

Latchingdon says...

I would rather have wind turbines than social housing at the back of me!!
I would rather have wind turbines than social housing at the back of me!! Latchingdon
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