Eric Pickles' decision paper is on our website. Click here to read it. Please allow time for it to upload as it is a lengthy document.
Eric Pickles' report has been published this morning. Although the Inspector would have allowed TCI's appeal, Eric Pickles, Secretary of State, has refused it and planning permission has not been granted.
After 8 years, 2 Public Inquiries plus a great deal of work by very many people, this is the result we wanted.
More detail to follow and an email will go out later to our loyal Supporters.
In the meantime - well done everyone!
After 13 years and four Inquiries, Eric Pickles has rejected Ecotricity's application for turbines near Shipdahm. We are delighted for Shipdham residents, but we also fully understand the turmoil and uncertainty they have had to go through again and again with each new battle. And even now, it is possible that Ecotricity will continue the madness and instigate a legal challenge to the decision.
Let's hope we will soon hear that Eric Pickles has come to a similar conclusion for Hempnall and SHOWT by rejecting TCI's appeal.
We had expected Eric Pickles' decision by 17 September. However, his office have written to say that the matter is delayed and that they are unable to give us a new deadline. As soon as we received either the decision itself, or more information, we will post the news here and email Supporters.
It is time to take down the posters. If you have a poster on a stick, please email us to arrange for us to collect it. If your stick poster has disappeared, don't worry, we have already collected a lot. Please store paper posters just in case they are needed again.
Eric Pickles' decision is expected in September. We will send an email to our Supporters as soon as there is news.
The Public Inquiry finished on 10 April with strong representations from local residents and Parish Councils. We now await the decision. We will not be informed of the Inspector's recommendation prior to Eric Pickles' decision, so we will hear nothing until the Secretary of State's announcement.
Our final fund-raising event, the Auction of Promises was held last Friday. As last time, it was a huge success raising well over £3,000.00 in just one night. Together with the other fund-raising events this season and with very generous donations from SHOWT Supporters, we now have enough to pay our Experts and cover our other costs.
Sincere thanks to our Fund-Raising Committee and all SHOWT Supporters who, once again, have risen to the occasion and more than met this unwelcome challenge.
Three new wonderful Promises added to our list today. The Auction is on Friday, 11 April, Hempnall Village Hall, 7 for 7.30. If you want to place an absent bid, email us here at SHOWT, give us your highest and lowest price and one of the team will bid for you.
Even if you are not planning to bid, please join us for a great social night. It is the last event this season and it may be the last fund-raising event we need to hold with the right Inquiry result !!
The Public Inquiry is running ahead of schedule, so there were no presentations today, Friday 4 April, but the Inspector visited the site this morning. The visibility was poor, but he has visited the site previously when he did have good views of St Margaret's church and its setting.
The second week will begin next Tuesday, 8 April, and the last day will be Thursday, 10 April.
The quote below is from today's Telegraph.
"David Cameron wants to go into the next election pledging to “rid” the countryside of onshore wind farms, a source close to the Prime Minister has said. Mr Cameron wants to toughen planning laws and tear up subsidy rules to make current turbines financially unviable – allowing the Government to “eradicate” turbines, the source said.
The move will delight campaigners in traditional Conservative countryside seats and comes amid a growing Coalition row over whether to try and cap the number of wind farms.
Mr Cameron is now “of one mind” with the Government’s most vociferous opponents of “unsightly” onshore wind turbines, the source added.
The Conservatives could make a manifesto pledge to cap the total number of wind farms, toughen up planning rules to make them harder to build or even lower Government subsidies for turbines, it is understood."
We need to display as many SHOWT posters as possible ready for the Inspector's site visit. You can download the logo from our "Current Campaign" page where you will also find instructions how to copy and paste the image into a Word document. Click here.