Ill Wind – Gone with the Wind

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Last year saw 5 parish councils and well over 800 Swindon residents react to a Planning Department document that pointed to areas, including Highworth, Hannington, South Marston, Tadpole Farm and the eastern villages of Wanborough and Liddington as areas appropriate for wind turbines. In response, the residents and local parish councils asked that the Local Plan should define a minimum separation distance between any proposed wind turbines and residential housing.

There is nothing radical here, it’s been adopted by other Councils and figures in a bill before Parliament for a national planning restriction.

Hopes were raised when Councillor Dale Heenan, speaking of the Local Plan, said ‘the specific wording is still being discussed but I wouldn’t be surprised if it includes separation distances of 1km’. In the event, and despite Dale Heenan’s best intentions, the Planning Department’s views prevailed and the proposed Development Plan does not include a minimum separation distance.

Ill Wind, a group of local residents, successfully opposed a planning application for wind turbines overlooking Stratton and South Marston. They were concerned about the growing evidence about impacts on health, disturbance from noise and shadow flicker and the damaging effects on neighbourhoods that would be overlooked by giant moving structures of a size that would dwarf any building currently in Swindon.

Ill Wind are urging Swindon residents who don’t want to live to close to wind turbines to voice their objections to the anti-democratic way the Local Plan is bypassing the consultation process and being railroaded through to a February 21st deadline. If you are interested, and want to help, visit their website,, for more details.

2 thoughts on “Ill Wind – Gone with the Wind”

  1. It is ironic that this is posted the day after Honda announce the loss of at least 800 jobs. Swindon can ill afford to be fighting technologies that can provide jobs and provide a partial solution to the impending loss of electricity in just 2 years time.

    I am sure the citizens of Swindon including th villages will applaud Illwind, when the lights go out, the computers don’t work and manufacturers like Honda’s are forced to close, but of course that won’t happen will it???

  2. What happens when the turbines stop spinning – when there is no wind or too much? – There will be no electricity. Wind is not the solution – it can never be. Every 100 Mb of electricity produced by wind requires 92 Mb from back up sources which makes the backup very expensive and inefficient. As a tourist who spent a pleasant week in South Marston recently, I feel that I can comment here. I would not like to holiday surrounded by wind-farms. There’s too much that I could say to print here, but I’ve written an e-book about climate change which explains exactly why wind farms are a waste of money and irrelevant in combating global warming.. It cost £1.53, but if you don’t feel like paying that much then contact me and I will send you (or anyone else from South Marston) a complementary code for a free copy.

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