BIRDSEDGE AND DISTRICT OPPOSITION TO
LARGE WIND TURBINES
New Planning Application
11th January 2013
Planning Application No: 2012/93935
There's still time to object!
This is what we're up against. Dirty tricks of the trade revealed by the Telegraph about Indigo Public Affairs - the PR firm employed by the developers.
NEWSFLASH: The original 2009 application has now been withdrawn and replaced with a revised plan - still for four large turbines, 100m tall, all within 500-800 metres of housing and three of them within topple distance of local roads. This plan is not substantially changed from the prvious application however, legally, it is a completely new application therefore your prevous objections are null and void. YOU WILL NEED TO OBJECT AGAIN - IN WRITING - AND QUICKLY!
Please write to Kirklees again now quoting the planning application number 2012/93935
Objections should be sent to:
Nick Willock, Major Developments Officer
Kirklees Metropolitan Council
Planning (Development Management)
Ground Floor, Civic Centre 3
Please copy to your local Kirklees councillor who may be one of the following:
and please also copy to your MP who in our area is: email@example.com
We had a very impressive 541 letters sent to Kirklees against the original planning application and only 2 in support. This time we have to at least match that - otherwise Kirklees may assume people are swinging towards favouring the turbines. Make your objections count.
The community support for our opposition group has been solid and unrelenting because the proposed turbines are TOO BIG and TOO CLOSE!.
IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OBJECTIONS ARE SENT TO KIRKLEES IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE PHRASED IN YOUR OWN WORDS NOT CUT AND PASTED FROM OUR FACT SHEET.
EVERY INDIVIDUAL LETTER COUNTS FOR 250 SIGNATURES ON A PETITION, BUT CUT-AND-PASTE LETTERS ARE EASY TO RECOGNISE AND THESE COUNT FOR A LOT LESS.
This time the developers have employed a public relations company, Indigo, which specialises in trying to change YOUR mind. They also claim to be experts in lobbying politicians on behalf of their clients, the developers.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NEW FIGHTING FUND WILL BE VERY WELCOME. CONTACT OUR TREASURER:<George.Russell23@btopenworld.com>.
Want to know what the developers plan for us? Take a look at the six new turbines just over the ridge. They are slightly smaller than the ones planned to loom over our village.
Some of our very good reasons for objecting to the siting of four very large turbines so close to a village include:
Turbines will overshadow the village and cause problems due to noise, sun flicker and loss of visual amenity right next to an area officially designated 'an area of outstanding natural beauty'.
SUN FLICKER, VISUAL AMENITY and NOISE are the three objections we have the best chance of fighting this application on, however there are other considerations including CUMULATIVE EFFECT (there are already 26 turbines in the immediate area and three more under planning consideration) and PROXIMITY TO ROADS.
Three of the turbines are within topple distance of roads used not only by cars and farm traffic, but also by hikers, dog-walkers cyclists and horse riders. This also means that traffic and pedestrians are in danger from ice dropping from the blades in frosty weather and debris from parts-failure and accidental and storm-damage.
You can see our full list of objections here with more details throughout this website on sound nuisance and light flicker nuisance.
When our new MP, Simon Reevell made his maiden speech to the House of Commons he said: "Although it is interesting to note the achievements of the famous, the real
issues that affect people's lives are my primary concern. In the Denby
Dale ward, the village of Birdsedge supports sustainable energy, but
rightly cannot understand why anyone would try to site huge turbines so
that they overshadow the village and village school. Renewables are
important, but so is quality of life, and I am pleased that the planning
process will soon reflect that. I support BOLT- Birdsedge and District
Opposition to Large
wind Turbines - the village's action group."
EARLY DAY MOTION in Parliament 23/7/10
Simon Reevell, Conservative MP for Dewsbury introduced the
Early Day Motion below.
"That this House notes that residents in the small villages of Grange Moor
and Birds Edge, in the constituency of Dewsbury, have been informed
that applications to build wind turbines in the local community have been
received by Kirklees Council; further notes that there is strong opposition
to the proposals from local residents; further notes that, whilst there is
widespread agreement that wind technology has a part to play in reducing
carbon dioxide emissions, in order to maintain public support for the
continued use of onshore turbines they should be erected at a suitable
distance from residential areas and without blighting the landscape;
further notes that in November 2009, the hon. Member for
Worcestershire introduced a Private Member's Bill calling for the
introduction of minimum separation distances of up to a mile and a half
between wind turbines and occupied dwellings; and urges the Government
to consider introducing such a Bill as soon as possible."
See EDM 604 at
Thank you, Simon
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