Company takes Dales turbine fight to High Court

Brightenber Hill, where three wind turbines could be constructed. For letters (9231299)

Brightenber Hill, where three wind turbines could be constructed. For letters (9231299)

First published in News Craven Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

THE company behind rejected plans to build three wind turbines on a Dales hillside has appealed to the High Court.

Just over a month after a government planning inspector rejected its appeal to put up three 320ft turbines at Brightenber Hill, near Gargrave, it has asked the High Court to overrule the decision.

If the High Court decides EnergieKontor has grounds it will set a hearing date, with a decision taking anything up to a year.

Last month's decision by the Planning Inspectorate to refuse EnergieKontor's application was the second time a scheme for the same site had been rejected.

The latest decision, which took more than a year to be made, concluded that the impact on nearby farms and to the landscape and setting of listed buildings was greater than the benefits of a scaled down renewable energy project.

Wind turbine proposals for the site have now been rejected twice by planners at Craven District Council and twice by planning inspectors.

Justin Reid, Energiekontor project manager, said it had reviewed the latest Planning Inspectorate decision and the process followed by the inspector.

"We believe the current inspector’s approach to assessment is not consistent with the previous inspector when considered with aspects of the decision-making process and have therefore decided to challenge the decision," he said.

"This current inspector's decision disagrees with some of the findings of the last government inspector, which is disappointing given that we had followed a design process that resulted in the removal of one of the turbines considered previously inappropriate.

"The remaining turbines are located in their original positions, which have now been assessed by several planners and years of environmental work for the site."

He added: "The positive results of those environmental surveys, as well as officer recommendations for approval, strongly suggests that this is an appropriate location for a three-turbine site, and perhaps more so, now that Craven's previous renewable energy site at Chelker has been decommissioned. "

Campaign group the Friends of Craven Landscape said it was bitterly disappointed.

“During a public exhibition at Coniston Cold, Energiekontor’s management promised that if a second appeal failed, the company would not pursue the application further," said its spokesman, Chris Emmett.

"We are bitterly disappointed that this developer has yet again broken its promise to the community.

"Two planning committees and two planning inspectors have told Energiekontor that Brightenber Hill is the wrong place for a wind farm. The message is clear - it’s time for (the company) to honour its promises and call it a day.”

A spokesman for Craven District Council said: “The council can confirm that it has received papers from Energie Kontor UK seeking an Order of the High Court to quash the Planning Inspector’s decision dated July 3.”

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8:13pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Ivor Ward says...

Justin Reid, Energiekontor's project manager must be seeing his big fat bonus for destroying yet another landscape going out of the window. Even with three turbines, which will only generate about one MW each however big they are his company stands to make £ 2,496,600 a year. That is £50 million over 20 years for an investment of about 3 million. No wonder it is worth a visit to the high court in yet another attempt by wind carpet baggers to over rule local democracy in their favour. What do a few million poor people struggling to pay their electricity bills matter to companies like this? Subsidy junkies on a roll.
Justin Reid, Energiekontor's project manager must be seeing his big fat bonus for destroying yet another landscape going out of the window. Even with three turbines, which will only generate about one MW each however big they are his company stands to make £ 2,496,600 a year. That is £50 million over 20 years for an investment of about 3 million. No wonder it is worth a visit to the high court in yet another attempt by wind carpet baggers to over rule local democracy in their favour. What do a few million poor people struggling to pay their electricity bills matter to companies like this? Subsidy junkies on a roll. Ivor Ward
  • Score: 6

9:07am Fri 15 Aug 14

save energy says...

Wind developers will make a fortune if the plans are passed, THAT’S why they are absolutely relentless, it’s all about the money, paid by you & me with increasing ‘green taxes’.

• • According to the wind industry (may 2014), UK has 1,278 Windfarms comprising –
9,912 Large Industrial Turbines, + approx 18,000 small units,
Total Capacity = 23 GW
See - http://www.renewable
uk.com/en/renewable-
energy/wind-energy/u
k-wind-energy-databa
se/index.cfm/maplarg
e/1

• • At the moment wind is only contributing 1 GW (we are importing 3 x that from France & Holland), a mere 1.4% to our grid demand !! Look here - http://www.gridwatch
.templar.co.uk/ ; giving wind a production factor of just 4.% (Gas is 70%);.

• • And this is the French Grid live figs - http://www.gridwatch
.templar.co.uk/franc
e/

Weather systems can be huge, Europe has had high pressure dominating for weeks, so sod all wind from Ireland to Poland, Italy to Scotland.

• • Live production from your local windfarm – RWEs interactive Euro map-
http://standortkarte
.oroe.info/index2.ht
ml?lang=en
(Notes:
1. A minus fig indicates them taking power from grid to rotate blades.
2. Capacity in MW but output is in kW, so divide output by 1,000 to compare.
3 . It’s a manual reset.)

• • And this is how much EXTRA we pay per mth for low density intermittent ‘green’ energy - http://www.variablep
itch.co.uk/finance/ & yes the figs are £millions/mth.

• • Lots more info from-
Department of Energy & Climate Change ( DECC ) & Grid figs
( Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics ( DUKES)
http://tinyurl.com/n
4k7n8 )


These are the Billions ££ we give for intermittent ‘green’ energy -
http://www.variablep
itch.co.uk/finance/ - & yes the monthly totals ARE £££ millions.

To see how little we get for that all that cash, look here - http://www.ukpowerge
neration.info/

It is a very dangerous world, when money & politics trump science & engineering facts.
Wind developers will make a fortune if the plans are passed, THAT’S why they are absolutely relentless, it’s all about the money, paid by you & me with increasing ‘green taxes’. • • According to the wind industry (may 2014), UK has 1,278 Windfarms comprising – 9,912 Large Industrial Turbines, + approx 18,000 small units, Total Capacity = 23 GW See - http://www.renewable uk.com/en/renewable- energy/wind-energy/u k-wind-energy-databa se/index.cfm/maplarg e/1 • • At the moment wind is only contributing 1 GW (we are importing 3 x that from France & Holland), a mere 1.4% to our grid demand !! Look here - http://www.gridwatch .templar.co.uk/ ; giving wind a production factor of just 4.% (Gas is 70%);. • • And this is the French Grid live figs - http://www.gridwatch .templar.co.uk/franc e/ Weather systems can be huge, Europe has had high pressure dominating for weeks, so sod all wind from Ireland to Poland, Italy to Scotland. • • Live production from your local windfarm – RWEs interactive Euro map- http://standortkarte .oroe.info/index2.ht ml?lang=en (Notes: 1. A minus fig indicates them taking power from grid to rotate blades. 2. Capacity in MW but output is in kW, so divide output by 1,000 to compare. 3 . It’s a manual reset.) • • And this is how much EXTRA we pay per mth for low density intermittent ‘green’ energy - http://www.variablep itch.co.uk/finance/ & yes the figs are £millions/mth. • • Lots more info from- Department of Energy & Climate Change ( DECC ) & Grid figs ( Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics ( DUKES) http://tinyurl.com/n 4k7n8 ) These are the Billions ££ we give for intermittent ‘green’ energy - http://www.variablep itch.co.uk/finance/ - & yes the monthly totals ARE £££ millions. To see how little we get for that all that cash, look here - http://www.ukpowerge neration.info/ It is a very dangerous world, when money & politics trump science & engineering facts. save energy
  • Score: 2

10:18am Fri 15 Aug 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

The government keeps admitting that these things are totally inefficient but still allows greedy people to put them up and blot the landscape for millions. They MUST stop. Quite apart from how local people feel, many of us live by tourism and who wants to travel to see another load of turbines when they probably have plenty at home?
The government keeps admitting that these things are totally inefficient but still allows greedy people to put them up and blot the landscape for millions. They MUST stop. Quite apart from how local people feel, many of us live by tourism and who wants to travel to see another load of turbines when they probably have plenty at home? Skipton Ratepayer
  • Score: 4

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