Illwind Update – May 2011

Honda/Ecotricity Wind Turbine Application

There is no definite date for the application to return to the Planning Committee, but we will of course let you know as soon as we hear (the earliest possible date is 7th June).

In the meantime, we are facing a serious new threat:

  • Swindon Borough Council’s proposed Core Strategy which will dictate planning policy for the next 15 years removes the specific protection in its existing policy (CF12) which prevents wind turbines from being built where they will cause adverse harm, including visual or noise intrusion.
  • If we do not oppose this it will open the door to turbines in very close proximity to homes. The planning committee will have limited grounds on which to refuse wind farm applications even if the councillors want to. For details of the policy changes please visit http://www.illwind.co.uk and go to the “Changes to the Local Plan” tab.
  • It is Illwind’s view that Swindon Borough Council should adopt a minimum setback distance of at least 2km for wind turbine from homes. This would protect residents from inappropriate siting of windfarms with their associated visual intrusion, shadow flicker, noise, impact on house sales etc.

LET THE COUNCIL KNOW YOUR VIEWS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

View the proposed Core Strategy documents at Swindon Borough Council offices, all libraries, or at www.swindon.gov.uk/corestrategy.

You can comment online at www.swindon.gov.uk/corestrategy.

Or email forwardplanning@swindon.gov.uk. (Remember to include your name and address)

Or write to:

Planning Services

Swindon Borough Council

4th Floor, Wat Tyler House,

Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH

Please object to the new policies DMP1 & DMP2, with regard to wind turbines, which will replace and remove the protection of CF12, and request a minimum setback distance of 2 km for wind turbines from homes.

Comments must be received by 6 pm on 16 June 2011.

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