Wind Turbine success

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Wind Turbine success

September 2015

wind turbine success

In the face of an increasingly challenging climate, Fisher German’s planning team has secured consent for a 74m 500kw wind turbine on a site near Enderby in Leicestershire. The development will be the second such approval secured by Fisher German for the client, following the successful commissioning last year of a turbine which was approved in 2012.

The application was submitted in May 2015, shortly before Greg Clark’s written ministerial statement introduced significant changes to the way in which applications for wind energy developments should be considered. The application fell to be determined under the transitional arrangements introduced by the written ministerial statement, which states that such applications can be approved if the local planning authority is satisfied that, following consultation, the planning impacts identified by affected local communities to have been fully addressed and the development therefore has their backing.

The planning application was submitted with a comprehensive suite of supporting documentation, which demonstrated that there were no technical impediments to the development of a second turbine at this site, and this position was supported by all statutory consultation responses received during the application’s determination. 

Nevertheless, despite extensive pre-application consultation and close liaison with planning and heritage officers at the Council, the scheme was eventually taken to Planning Committee with recommendation for refusal. The reasons for this finely balanced recommendation related to the potential impacts on the listed farmhouse at the application site, and also the interpretation of the written ministerial statement, due to a very small number of objections received from neighbouring properties.

Fisher German’s planning team prepared a detailed briefing note for members of the planning committee, followed up with a carefully considered presentation at the meeting itself in order to put forward a compelling case in favour of the development. Through carefully targeted lobbying and clear advice to members on the implications and interpretation of recent guidance, Fisher German were successful in overturning the officer’s recommendation, with planning committee voting to grant the consent.

In light of the recent changes to national planning guidance, it is becoming ever harder to secure planning permission for wind energy developments, but this case shows the benefits of a carefully implemented strategy and the value which Fisher German’s planning team can add to a project.

In a further renewables success, Fisher German has also secured planning permission for a new farm-based anaerobic digestion facility in North Warwickshire. The 1.5mw plant was approved last week under officer delegated powers, allowing the scheme to be approved for pre-accreditation in advance of a further reduction of the Government’s feed-in tariff.

 
For further information contact Tom Collins on 01530 567479 or email tom.collins@fishergerman.co.uk
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