HALT – back to the Wind farm campaign meeting in Lydiate

I promised to come back to this matter having not had time to write up what Kevin Sharpe and Colin Reader said in their respective presentations to the campaign meeting in any detail earlier this week. And it’s worth reviewing as it helps put things in context. These are the notes I made and they are not in any particular order.

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• The first big issue is that the land proposed for these monster wind turbines is high grade agricultural land in Green Belt, hardly the place to build them you may think and you would in my view be right. Interestingly, West Lancs Council Policy EN2 seems to back this view up.
• The National Planning Framework (NPF) says that renewable energy developments are inappropriate in Green Belt.
• In Lincolnshire a Valuation Tribunal has said that property close to turbines can be devalued.
• People living in Sefton and Ince Blundell Villages (and I think Lunt) did not get the mailing from the company proposing to build the turbines. I had picked up on this myself following a chat with a Sefton Village recently when I gave her a copy and she said it had not been seen in the Village before.
• Colin took us through a report by REF in Denmark about the performance of wind turbines, the thrust of which seemed to indicate that they start off at around 25% efficiency but within 18 years are down to small single figures of efficiency. Can’t claim to understand the background to this myself.
• The land owners are the Trustees of the Leverhume family.
• There will in fact potentially be 26 masts as 2 will be wind monitoring masts.
• Whist all this is about land in West Lancashire, that happens to be surrounded by Sefton communities, the draft Local Plan for Sefton, which I have posted about many times, does indicate that a renewable energy area in the adjoining land within Sefton Borough is being considered as well.
• The height of the masts will be 136.5m.
• The planning application for the site is expected to be submitted to West Lancs Council any day now.

It was nice to be able to support these genuine community campaigners because they are fighting for the high grade agricultural land via HALT that many others are fighting for via the Sefton Local Plan. Indeed, Colin Reader is prominent in both campaigns!

I hope these notes are of use to readers and my apologies to Kevin and Colin if I have noted any of their comments incorrectly – please shout if I have.

lydiateparishcouncil.gov.uk/objections-to-wind-farm/

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