Letter to Simon Martin, Helmdon resident, from Andrea Leadsom MP, reproduced here with his permission.
As you may know the Planning Inspectorate has approved on appeal the application for five wind turbines at Spring Farm Ridge despite South Northamptonshire Council refusing the application.
Obviously this has caused frustration amongst the local community and I have written on several occasions to Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Sir Michael Pitt, Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate expressing my concern.
What the letters appear to be suggesting is that decisions are still being based on the previous Government’s policies and until we have local plans in place we may still fall victim to planning developments that are against the wishes of the local community being approved on appeal.
I am arranging a public meeting to discuss this matter and the next steps regarding Spring Farm Ridge on Tuesday 25 September at 7pm at Greatworth Primary School. I will be joined by Rebecca Breese, Portfolio Holder for Planning and the Environment and an Officer from South Northamptonshire Council, who will be able to answer questions.
I do hope you will be able to attend and
would be grateful if you could let others know of this meeting who may be interested.
If you require any further information or to let us know if you can attend, please contact Marc Pooler in my office on 020 7219 1273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.