WILTSHIRE COUNCIL WIND TURBINE CONSULTATION
As we have mentioned in previous emails, Witshire Council has been instructed to run a consultation on their last minute amendment to Core Policy 42 (standalone renewable energy installations). This consultation is now open and you have until the end of October to respond.
It is critical that the inspector receives as many responses as possible objecting to the amendment. As it stands it would be very damaging to aspirations for renewable energy in Wiltshire, where wind power has been identified, in a study funded by Wiltshire Council, as one of the key means of reducing carbon emissions in the county. It is not about allowing wind farms anywhere but about a fair planning system which judges each application on its merits and does not deny communities the benefits wind turbines can bring.
To find out more about the campaign to get the amendment overturned and for information on how to respond to the consultation, please visit www.wiltshirecea.org.uk . If you are unsure what to say there are suggestions on the site but obviously it is up to you what to put and the best approach is to use your own words.
If you'd prefer, we have prepared a letter that might help you to get started. You can download it here, and it's best to make it as personal as possible. Please don't use it exactly as it stands, it's designed to be personalised so do be selective in the statements you choose to include.
Please note that in our experience it is easier to complete the consultation by downloading 'Form A' by clicking on "focussed consultation" on the Wiltshire Council website. This can then be completed and returned online or printed off and posted.
If it's easier for you, you can also take part in the consultation by visiting Bradford on Avon library.
Whichever way you choose, please make sure you do respond to show the Council and the Inspector that this proposed amendment is wrong.
Here is some further information that might help you with your response.
182. The Local Plan will be examined by an independent inspector whose role is to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to
Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound. A local planning authority should submit a plan for examination which it considers is “sound” – namely that it is:
● Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure
requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
● Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
● Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
● Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.