I have not touched on this controversial subject for a while now as little has been happening. However, wheels are in motion and my understanding is that a planning application is now before West Lancashire Borough Council, although not all the required paperwork had been filed as typed this posting by Coriolis Energy (the applicants).
The land in question whilst being in West Lancs is actually sandwiched between Ince Blundell and Lydiate both of which are in Sefton Borough.
The environmental pressure group HALT continues to lead the opposition to the proposed wind farm of 12 taller than Blackpool Tower turbines. It was originally for 24 turbines in the previous proposals which were withdrawn.
My view on this proposal has always been that the land is high grade agricultural land so to compromise any of it for other uses is simply not acceptable. I am not opposed to wind turbines and certainly do not subscribe to what seems to be the Daily Mail view that they are all evil or some such nonsense. Indeed, I often go walking in the hills of Lancashire and I find the turbines on the moors to be quite majestic; but not on high grade agricultural land!
Here’s a link to HALT:-
And a reminder of the position that Lydiate Parish Council has adopted under both Lib Dem and Labour administrations:-
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).
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
The admirable campaigners who are running the HALT Group that is opposing the potential construction of 24 ‘Blackpool Tower sized’ wind turbines in West lancs between Lydiate and Ince Blundell are stepping up the anti.
You now can’t move without seeing one of their posters. Below I have two shots, one is of their poster next to Bells Lane canal bridge in Lydiate, the second is taken in the new Maghull Costa coffee shop where it is on their Community Notice Board.
A huge campaign banner is also visible from the Formby By-Pass between Ince Blundell and Formby.
This week’s Aintree & Maghull Champion tells us that the Labour MP for Sefton Central, Bill Esterson, was at the HALT group’s public meeting last week held in St Thomas Primary School. See my previous postings on this wind farm issue.
Really, was he in disguise or hidden away? I certainly did not see him there and neither did the other Lib Dem councillors who were there. Most odd indeed.
You can find out more about the campaign against the West Lancs based wind farm at
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.
• 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.