We have heard today that TCi’s planning appeal has been ”recovered” or “called in” by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles. This means the Inspector will make a recommendation after the Public Inquiry, but the final decision will rest with the Secretary of State. This is very good news for our campaign as the report below from the Daily Mail last October explains:
“In a major boost for anti-wind farm campaigners, Eric Pickles announced new measures to make sure their concerns about the visual and environmental impact must be taken into account. For the next six months his Whitehall department will review many of the appeals - to decide whether angry residents opposing a wind farm should have their concerns upheld. Mr Pickles said he is concerned that councils and planning inspectors are not enforcing new guidelines issued in July to ensure residents’ concerns about unsightly wind farms are taken in to account. ‘Some communities have genuine concerns that when it comes to developments such as wind turbines and solar farms, insufficient weight is being given to local environmental considerations like landscape, heritage and local amenity’, he said in a written statement. ‘The new guidance makes it clear that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the views of local communities will be listened to... I want to give particular scrutiny to planning appeals involving renewable energy developments so that I can consider the extent to which the new practice guidance is meeting the Government’s intentions’.”
It has also been announced that the Inspector will be John Braithwaite. The Public Inquiry begins on Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at South Norfolk House.
As you know, it is vital that we have good Supporter attendance at the Inquiry, especially on the first day for maximum impact. Please make every effort to attend.