Readers will recall that this is a subject I have commented on numerous times before.
My last posting is available via the link below:-
To recap, Coriolis Energy submitted a proposal for a wind farm at Lower Alt a couple of years ago (to the west of Lydiate and east of Ince Blundell on land in West Lancashire) but subsequently it fizzled out. At the time, Lydiate Parish Council, Ince Blundell PC and many other groups and residents objected to the proposal.
This is what Lydiate PC submitted to West Lancs Council in response to the original proposal:-
Lydiate Parish Council, having taken account of local concerns and the recent public exhibition held in the Parish, wish to raise the following concerns and objections to the plan that is presently before West Lancs Borough Council.
• We have significant ecological concerns regarding the location of the proposed development. They relate to negative potential impacts on bird species and designated breeding sites within Sefton and within West Lancashire.
• In our view the plans do not consider the effects of the proposals on the agricultural land. There is a high proportion of ‘Best and Most Versatile’ agricultural land in the area and its potential loss is a significant concern.
• The area in which the development is proposed is low lying and thinly populated. The landscape has wide open views. The local character of the landscape will be hugely and negatively impacted on by this proposal.
• Noise generated by the proposed development is a significant concern.
• Shadow Flicker – again a significant concern of Lydiate residents.
As I suggested in my last posting Coriolis are now looking at their proposal again and they have booked the Lydiate Village Centre to hold a public consultation session on Wednesday 5 August 2015 (2pm to 4pm).
The proposal for a wind farm here has been doing the rounds for some time now and my previous postings refer at:-
My understanding is that the land owner is trying to resurrect the previous proposals and find additional partners to try to deliver a huge wind farm to the west of Lydiate. The land in question is actually in West Lancashire.
My concerns about the proposals remain the same despite the fact that I am very keen to see renewable energy sources developed in the UK. In simple terms taking any high grade agricultural land out of food production use is counter productive and not environmentally sustainable in my view and such is inevitable on the land proposed for this wind farm.
It looks like battle is about to recommence! The campaign group fighting the proposals is HALT and their web site is at:-
Firstly let me say that I am a climate change realist. It is happening and we do need to find alternative sources of energy that don’t generate CO2. Wind turbines are a part of the solution despite what the Daily Mail may say.
However, I don’t want them plonked on high grade agricultural land – that is just a daft thing to do. That’s one reason why many people have been campaigning to stop the Lower Alt Wind farm being built between Ince Blundell and Lydiate in West Lancashire.
Putting them out at sea is fine with me as is placing them in isolated areas and on moorland. But none of this is without consequences; just look at this item from the BBC web site!
The Liverpool Echo has also run a recent article about the expansion of the turbines in the sea off Crosby with increased generating capacity from 2017:-
Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm – located five miles from Crosby beach – has been given the green light by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. See the Liverpool Echo story via the link above.
Here’s a shot I took (click on it to enlarge) with the turbines in the background as they were in March 2009:-
Out at sea these massive turbines can look quite majestic. Certainly a better place for them than Lower Alt Wind Farm between Lydiate and Ince Blundell!
The photo is on my Flickr site at:- www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/12798007453/in/set-72157644150377769
Eric Pickles has been accused of killing off the wind turbine industry after turning down 10 out of 12 applications in the past year. In total, Mr Pickles has intervened in 39 planning disputes about wind turbines. Gemma Grimes, director of onshore renewables at RenewableUK, said: “By doing this, he’s undermining the fundamental principles of England’s impartial planning process. Frankly, his intervention looks political, and that’s unnerving to developers of all infrastructure projects.” Meanwhile, RSPB Scotland is campaigning against a proposal from SSE to put up 47 turbines on an area of north Sutherland currently the subject of a World Heritage Site application.
The West Lancs site is on prime high grade agricultural land so the building of wind turbines there is simply inappropriate
With thanks to the LGiU for this story.
I took this photo back in 2009 and came across it recently. It is also on my flickr site:-
A far better place for wind turbines than the land between Ince Blundell and Lydiate! Keep in touch with the HALT campaign against the Blackpool Tower sized turbines proposed for the local high grade agricultural land at:-
And see Lydiate Parish Council’s concerns at:-
STOP PRESS – Pickles rejects Somerset wind farm plans
Plans for four wind turbines at West Huntspill in Somerset have been rejected by Eric Pickles who said “the harm that this scheme would cause to the landscape and visual impact outweighed the benefits.”
From BBC News