December showdown over wind turbines
COURT DATE SET FOR CHALLENGE
By Gavin Moore
With the battle lines drawn a date has now been set for the High Court challenge between a district council and village residents on one side, and a wind farm developer and the government on the other.
The High Court challenge, set to be heard on December 5 and 6, was launched by South Northants Council and Greatworth resident Veronica Ward after a planning inspector overturned SNC’s decision to refuse planning permission for Broadview Energy to build five turbines at Spring Ridge Farm near Helmdon.
Keith Jones, chairman of the Helmdon, Stutchbury and Greatworth Wind Action Group said there will be legal avenues available to them should High Court judges uphold the inspector’s findings, but believes the result will be binding.
He said: “There’s always another line we can go down in law, and while I hope we do win at this stage, I would imagine everyone will accept that particular judgement.”
Mr Jones also revealed the community had successfully rallied around to pledge the £40,000 needed to support Mrs Ward in her portion of the challenge.
In July a planning inspector said the “unpleasantly imposing and pervasive nature of the development was outweighed by the wider economic and environmental benefits.”
Brackley & Towcester Advertiser – 23 November 2012