Saturday, September 11th 2010, 7:14 AM EDT
As some of you may know, we are fighting for the very essence of the natural beauty of the Isle of Wight.
We have seen off the application for the proposed wind farm at Wellow, but that was a few years ago and operators now have support from the last Labour Secretary of State, Ed Miliband and even worse, the new coalition Secretary of State Chris Huhne, who wants 2,500 new turbines built across the UK next year.
We have recently fought off the aspirations of Cornwall Light and Power to build 3 wind turbines at Cheverton Down and on December 3 2009, the IOW Planning Committee refused CLP permission in line with Officer Recommendation by 6 votes to 3.
Unfortunately, an IOW planning officer granted CLP permission under delegated powers for 3 smaller turbines at the same site a few years ago, even though it is within an AONB. He no longer works for IOW Council.
After the Planning Hearing a CLP spokesman said that they had two alternatives:
1. To build the 3 smaller turbines in line with the extant permission, or
2. To Appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
CLP appealed the refusal on 29 March 2010 asking for and getting, a public inquiry.
The date of 23 November 2010 was set for the inquiry.
Now CLP have asked that the Inspector consider an application from them to reduce the hub height of the refused turbines from 80M to 65M as part of their appeal.
The Inspector has said that he will rule on that at the start of the inquiry, which has now been postponed until February 2011 !!
In addition to that application, we have two more coming before the Planning Committee on 6 October.
Both of these are again within an AONB (60% of the island is designated AONB). One for 3 turbines is at Ventnor Golf Club the other for 1 turbine at Span Farm a few hundred metres away !
Another proposal from the Dutch company Infinergy for 5 turbines in West Wight is expected to be submitted sometime soon.
It is interesting to note that the Green vote on the IOW was down to 931 at the General Election of 2010 from 1,279 at the 2001 election, the last time they stood.
At a time of economic instability, cuts to services both nationally and locally, growing evidence that data is manipulated by Global Warming adherents and the bare fact that most of the time, the wind does not blow, why are a vociferous minority of people in favour of spending millions of taxpayers money on wind farms?
The reason wind farms continue to be proposed and built was accurately summed up by Paul Golby, C.E.O of Eon UK in March 2005 in an interview with The Telegraph:
"Without the renewable obligation certificates nobody would be building wind farms."