Wales Erupts in Wild Protests Against Outrageous 800 Turbine Wind Farm
Nothing generates more hatred and bitter community division than a wind farm.
And when what’s proposed is 800 of these things: 290 tonne, 165m tall, bat-chomping, bird slicing, blade-chucking, pyrotechnic, sonic-torture devices – speared all over the bucolic Welsh countryside it’s little wonder that locals have erupted in fury – a taste of which appears in the video above.
What’s added even more fuel to the fire is that fact that the Hendy proposal was thought to be dead and buried. But, like Vampires without heart-piercing stakes, wind weasels have a habit of returning to torment their victims; provided that there’s slops still swilling in the subsidy trough, that is.
There’s a meeting coming up on 27 April in Powy, when locals are set to turn the place upside down (the angry mob in the video were just the warm-up act, we’re told), not least because they are doing what community defenders are doing across the Globe – protecting their homes, their families, their business and their proud heritage – but also because the Planning Report sets out a run of pretty solid reasons why the project must be refused, despite recommending it be approved. The full white-wash is available here – but it must have taken real audacity to ignore what we’ve extracted here:
“However, as this case is very finely balanced and it is recognised that Members may strike the balance in a different direction and Members may consider that the significant identified heritage, landscape and visual impacts outweigh the renewable energy and economic benefits. If Members did strike the balance in another way then the following are identified as potential reasons for refusal which encapsulate the harms identified above:
- The proposed development is unacceptable in landscape and visual terms due to the extent and degree of the significant landscape effects on LANDMAP High overall evaluation VSAAs (Upland Moor Radnor Forest and Upland Moor Glascwm Hill) and moderate overall evaluation VSAAs (Upland Moor north of Hundred House Rocky Moorland Gilwern Hill and Rolling Hills central south-east). The proposed development is contrary to policies UDP SP12, ENV2, GP1 and E3 of the Powys Unitary Development Plan (March 2010), Technical Advice Note 8: Renewable Energy (2005) and Planning Policy Wales: Edition 9 (2016).
- The proposed development would have a significant effect on users of the BOAT, Open Access Land and Public Rights of Way and thereby contrary to policies UDP SP12, GP1 and E3 of the Powys Unitary Development Plan (March 2010) and Planning Policy Wales:Edition 9 (2016).
- The proposed development would have an unacceptable adverse impact on the setting of Scheduled Nant Brook Enclosure, Scheduled Graig Camp, Sheduled Llandegley Rocks Hillfort and Scheduled Crug Eryr Mound and Bailey Castle. The proposed development is therefore contrary to policies UDP SP12, UDP SP3, ENV17 and E3 of the Powys Unitary Development Plan (March 2010), Welsh Office Circular 60/96: Planning and the Historic Environment: Archaeology (1996) and Planning Policy Wales: Edition 9 (2016).”
Only a signed up member of the wind cult could claim that the case against wind is “finely balanced”. No one with a touch of common sense and logic argues that there is any kind of merit attached to a power source that was abandoned Centuries ago for very obvious reasons.
Wind power is not, and will never be, a meaningful power generation source – for all the reasons laid bare on this website, day after day.
Consider a country where its electricity supply was exclusively based on wind power generation; a place where businesses would attempt to run around the vagaries of the wind; where houses would be well-stocked with candles and their occupants left to keep food cold with kero-fridges or iceboxes – and those homes otherwise run on wood, sticks or dung, used for cooking or heating. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
As soon as that country had the chance (due to the availability of technology and/or as a process of economic development) it would build a system based on power generation sources available “on-demand” (ie coal, gas, hydro, nuclear, geo-thermal).
Its people would then be able to enjoy around the clock illumination; factories could run to the clock, and not the weather; homes would be heated and cooled according their occupants’ needs, making life safer and more comfortable (no-one need be frozen to death or expire from the heat because the wind stopped blowing); economic development and prosperity would follow, as night follows day.
Placed in the practical context of the needs of a functioning society, wind power can be seen as the patent nonsense that it clearly is. If a country didn’t have a conventional power system (as we have), it would build one, anyway.
Once people grasp that fact, the rest of the wind industry’s ‘case’ falls away.
Talk about “wind farms being in the right place” just sounds silly; ergo, with arguments about distances from homes; separation from bird nesting sites or migration routes etc, etc.
All of these other considerations – while legitimate – simply jump to the periphery and dilute the strength of the key argument.
Keep hitting our political betters with the pointlessness of wind power as a generation source and the rest falls away.
What reasonable decision maker would back policies that favour something that has no economic benefit? Moreover, as the central claim that wind power reduces CO2 emissions in the electricity is a complete falsehood, the justification for the hundreds of $billions in subsidies directed to wind power looks like pure lunacy, at best; or graft and corruption (aka ‘crony’ capitalism), at worst.
What the wind industry hates most are facts.
STT dishes them up on a daily basis. The facts outlined above – and which we’ve detailed many times before – are unassailable.
There is nothing to ‘balance’: wind power is a fraud, pure and simple.
Cut the subsidies and those peddling wind and solar power projects disappear like snowflakes in Summer.
The defenders of Powys have all that in mind as they prepare for the fight of their lives. Here’s some background to their battle.
Upland Powys is a pristine run of rolling hills and mountain peaks, with history running through its veins – the place is carpeted in ancient mounds, barrows and cairns that have not been touched for thousands of years – peat-fields, fossils, red kites and that rarest of commodities in Britain – open space.
The Open Spaces Society is Britain’s oldest national conservation body, founded in 1865, which fights for stronger protection for commons, greens and paths and greater opportunities for everyone to enjoy them, defends open spaces against loss from development and assists local communities to safeguard their green spaces for themselves and future generations.
We Question Legality Of Planned Wind-Turbines In Unique Powys Beauty-Spot
Open Space Society
20 April 2017
We have slated plans for seven wind-turbines in the quiet countryside five miles east of Llandrindod Wells, Powys.
The application, first submitted by Hendy Wind Farm Ltd in 2014, comes before Powys County Council’s planning committee on Thursday 27 April. We have written a further letter to the planning committee.
We say that if the turbines are built they may be in breach of an inclosure award. The land on which it is proposed to construct at least four of the seven turbines, together with the associated development, is part of an area inclosed by orders made under the Commons Act 1876, for Llandegley Rhos and Hendy Bank. The order gives the public a right of access here and decrees that no injury shall be done to the lands.
Therefore, the construction of wind turbines here would be in breach of that order.
These vast turbines would dominate this very special and splendid landscape and would destroy the view of and from the magnificent Llandegley Rocks.
There are several public paths crossing the area and users of these routes would be severely affected by the sight and noise of the turbines. People visit the area because of its natural beauty, peace and tranquillity. The turbines could deter them from coming and that would result in a serious loss of tourist income to the community.
The turbines are located so as to conflict with the British Horse Society’s stated safety-distance for riders on public bridleways and byways and would therefore put equestrians at risk.
The access track to the turbines would be sited on common land. The applicants would have to submit applications under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 for works on common land, and under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 for exchange of common land — and provide suitable land in exchange where the public does not already enjoy access. We doubt there is any such land in the area that would be eligible.
We have urged Powys County Council to reject this damaging application. If, in the deeply regrettable circumstances that it decides to grant the application, we have said that it must issue an advisory that the construction of the wind turbines on inclosure award land would be unlawful and that ministerial consents are required for any works on, or exchange of, common land.
Open Space Society
Group welcomes u-turn over Powys solar and wind energy plans
News North Wales
13 April 2017
A group protecting rural Wales has welcomed an apparent U-turn on controversial Local Development Plans (LDP) for vast areas of solar and wind energy in Powys.
Earlier this year, new LDP plans released by Powys County Council (PCC) showed large areas would be open to renewable energy, with the council claiming it was a requirement of the Welsh Government.
This was denied by the Government, and more work was required by Powys.
The work has included considerations, such as:
- The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) low-flying tactical training area over a large part of western Powys.
- A buffer around the Sennybridge training area.
- Appropriate buffers for special protection areas to protect bird species, requested by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
- A visual impact buffer placed around existing and proposed windfarms to take account of cumulative impact.
- A buffer to all designated landscapes which include two national parks and two areas of outstanding natural beauty.
- Consideration of grid connection and landscape impact.
Peter Seaman, chair of the Brecon and Radnor branch of Campaign for Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) is delighted with the news, but is still remaining cautious.
He said: “CPRW welcomes the news from Powys County Council that it is preparing a ‘U-turn’ on its renewable energy proposals.
“However our response is also tinged with considerable caution because if it had not been for CPRW’s vigilance, the original proposals of the council would have escaped public scrutiny and their multiple failings continued to remain hidden.
“We therefore will wait for the full publication when we can examine them in detail and come to an informed response.
“The council seemingly has no recognition of their gigantic neglect of public responsibility in proposing major policy without any regard to local circumstances.
“Nor do they demonstrate any understanding of the distress, huge commitment of time and financial cost their irresponsible actions have caused to many people and organisations.”
Extra work was sought on the plans, after demonstrators against the plans descended on County Hall earlier this year.
PCC’s strategic director for place, Paul Griffiths said: “The LDP is the most important planning document we have and it is essential that we have a robust plan in place. It is a policy for the future and it is vital that it is fit for purpose.
“Although the work is still in progress, initial findings show that applying the constraints has resulted in a significant decrease in the number and extent of proposed local search areas in the county that are available for both wind and solar energy development. The council will publish the results of this additional evidence on its LDP webpages on May 12.
“The finalised results will be submitted to the inspector as part of the LDP planning examination in advance of the deadline for hearing statements. It is likely that the council will be recommending changes to the LDP’s renewable energy policies to the inspector so that these can be discussed at the hearing session.”
Mr Seaman has thanked the huge numbers of supporters across the county, and said the organisation will continue to highlight the LDP inquiry.
He added: “CPRW is hugely grateful to the hundreds of its supporters across Powys who have given support, both by objecting to the LDP and by donating to its fighting fund.
“In the meantime, we will continue to highlight to the LDP Inquiry the council’s proposals in the plan that still fail to give proper recognition of rural Powys, its communities and its fabulous landscapes.”
Key LDP dates:
- May 12 – Publication of the revised Renewable Energy Assessment and its accompanying landscape assessment.
- June 5 – Deadline for Hearing Statements for LDP Hearing Sessions 15 and 16 on Renewable Energy
- June 28 and 29 – Hearing Sessions 15 and 16 on Renewable Energy
Well-organised and well-disciplined, the Powys Defenders are pumped and primed to drive the developer from their doorsteps. As Churchill said: “If you’re going through Hell, keep going”. Keep fighting. We will prevail!