Villagers Need To Raise £40,000 To Support High Court Action Against Wind Farm
|Author: James Rudd||Published: 26th September 2012 17:39|
Andrea Leadsom MP goes through some of the correspondence she has had with the head of the inspectorate and Minister Eric Pickles office.
Andrea Leadsom MP for South Northamptonshire hosted a meeting at Greatworth Primary School last night (Tuesday 25th September 2012) to discuss the Spring Farm Ridge wind farm application that was successfully appealed by the applicant Broadview after South Northants planning committee had refused the application.
SNC as reported else where on AboutMyArea/NN12 have launched an action in the high court. However they are not alone, one resident namely Valerie Ward is joining them in a second action that will go through high court at the same time.
Acting on legal advice Valerie is picking up two legal arguments that the council would be unable to use.
SNC will be fighting the case on two grounds, Valerie Ward on a further two with the barristers working together.
An appeal was made at the meeting to raise an estimated £40,000 that could be needed to protect Valerie Ward and her husband from costs if they are unsuccessful, however the barristers are confident that they have a good case.
The meeting also heard from local SNC councillor Rebecca Breese and head of strategic planning Adrian Colwell, that plans that are being put in place to protect South Northants from unwanted development including houses and wind farms were explained.
Rebecca Breese expalined that a quick calculation was made and based on the likely performance of a wind turbine in South Northants, this calculates that the developer was likely to see £400,000 per year from the Government ROCs, per turbine, with five turbines that ironically comes to £2,000,000 that would be going to a private company in a few fields as a direct Goverment grant, the same amount that central Government had just cut from the funding for South Northants Council for the entire district.
The school was packed with standing room only at the back.
The meeting was attended by residents from many parishes throughout South Northants, not just those affected by the proposed Broadview development.
For the latest information on the fight to over turn the wind farm at Spring Ridge Farm see www.andrealeadsom.com
Standing room only at Greatworth Primary School for the meeting, Andrea Leadsom left, Councillor Rebecca Breese and Adrian Colwell at the front