‘Fighters’ Win: Another UK Wind Farm Scrapped in Response to Dogged Opposition

CLAY LISTON

There’s only a ‘contest’ if you enter the ring.

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As the spruikers selling tickets in a lottery tell us: “you’ve got to be in it, to win it”.

And so it is with killing off the greatest economic and environmental fraud of all time.

‘Fighters’ have a remarkable tendency to win. Those that don’t, tend to get steam-rolled, at about the same rate.

Thankfully, communities all over the world are picking the former – front-foot-approach, with success after brilliant success being won. Here’s another one from Britain.

Firm shelves plans for controversial windfarm
Telegraph & Argus
Rob Lowson
7 September 2015

A DEVELOPER has “shelved” its plans to build a controversial wind farm on moorland overlooking Bronte country in the Bradford district.

The Banks Group first revealed plans to construct up to six turbines, some measuring up to 125m, on Thornton Moor, near Denholme, in 2010.

The project has been fought every step of the way by members of the Thornton Moor Wind Farm Action Group, which welcomed the latest announcement as “great news” for the site.

However, the company has attributed the decision to a change in Government policy, adding that the site remained a “strong one” that could be revisited in the future.

In June of this year, a statement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change said there was enough onshore wind projects in the pipeline to meet its renewable energy targets by 2020.

It said: “We could end up with more onshore wind projects than we can afford, which would lead to either higher bills for consumers, or other renewable technologies, such as offshore wind, losing out on support.

“It is therefore appropriate to curtail further subsidised deployment of onshore wind, balancing the interests of onshore developers with those of bill payers.

“This Government was elected with a commitment to end new subsidies for onshore wind and also to change the law so that local people have the final say on onshore wind applications. We are now acting on that commitment.”

Anthea Orchard, who established the action group against the project, called for the company to ditch its plans.

“This whole process has cost us a lot of time and money,” she said.

“Other individual turbines have been allowed to go ahead, but the policy seems to have finally changed now, and people are seeing the bigger picture.

“The change in Government policy means it is no longer as easy and lucrative for companies wanting to develop these projects.

“I’d like to see the company make a definite withdrawal from the site, as we’ve had five years of uncertainty when we couldn’t alleviate people’s fears.”

Shipley Conservative MP Philip Davies, who has supported the group, said: “I am delighted this project has been shelved and pleased that a Conservative government has played a crucial role in bringing that about.

“I applaud the local campaigners who have worked so hard, and I hope it is the last we hear of this planning application.”

A spokesman for the Banks Group said that while Thornton Moor had been discounted for the time being, the company could not “categorically say” it would not revisit the site in the future.

“Unfortunately, due to the announcements made by the current Government regarding renewables, and specifically onshore wind, we don’t think it will be possible to bring forward the project at this time, as such, the project has been shelved.

“Saying that, we do firmly believe that this site is a strong one for onshore wind, and should the political climate change in the future, we cannot rule out that we, or another developer, would not come and look at it again.”
Telegraph & Argus

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Comments

  1. We have just learned that this developer has been foiled again – this time the Bandirran windfarm, Balbeggie in Perth. In July – and we don’t think that the timing is coincidental, subsidy cuts having been announced in June – Banks stated that they were withdrawing from the scheme but would sell to a specially formed local community development group – The Windfall Community Development Trust (WCDT). Banks would act in an advisory capacity and WCDT would submit an amended application! We believe that this may have been done in case community owned/led schemes were to be considered more favourably by Westminster in terms of subsidies.

    Our information today is that the offer of a 150K grant to WCDT has been withdrawn on the basis of the proposal not being viable.

    Word from the campaign group is that Banks’ met mast will be taken down within two weeks.

    Another one bites the dust!

  2. Does anyone know why the developer did not think it viable to gain funding under the Contracts for Difference scheme which has or is effectively replacing the presumably more generous subsidy scheme in the UK?

    • The Westminster Government has said that it cannot say if or when the second round of Contracts for Difference will take place. The pot of money for subsidies has been used up far quicker than was imagined (in part, or in the main, as a result of Scotland’s open-door policy; our words, not Westminster’s).

      However, Banks withdrew at Loch Lomond in the face of a ferocious campaign – and blamed a lack of wind!

  3. Anthea, for much of the time single-handedly, fought a brilliant campaign against what we have all dubbed (with tongue-in-cheek) ‘the caring, sharing company’ after its slogan ‘Development with care’. That’s why they tried to foist turbines in iconic areas such as slap bang up against the iconic Loch Lomond!

    Now if Banks really were a caring, sharing company they would withdraw this application formally and stop blighting the famous Bronte country.

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