SHCG has now submitted an objection to the Knighton Councillor’s proposed 50m met-mast which will be clearly visible from Knighton, Offa’s Dyke and the Shropshire AONB. This met-mast can only be the precursor of an application for one or more turbines of 80m or more on the skyline. At their meeting on 21st March, Knighton Council voted to object.
Good News! Torridge District Council in N. Devon refused this Bolsterstone application for three 100m turbines on 17th January 2013. Bolsterstone is the Developer for Reeves Hill Wind Farm. Read more from the Dunsland Turbines Opposition Group.
Herefordshire Council for the Protection of Rural England is exploring the possibility of designating the upland border landscape of West Herefordshire, including Reeves Hill/Stonewall Hill, as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Read more from CPRE Herefordshire.
This would protect our traditional landscape: the Government’s new Planning Policy Framework says that “great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty” in AONBs. Ever since the 1950s, the Mortimer Country and the Black Mountains got left out of AONB designation because efforts to protect them were foiled by problems of administrative boundaries between England and Wales. Local support will be all important in taking this idea further on the English side of the border. If you live in Herefordshire, please ask your local Councillors to represent you in supporting the CPRE initiative.
On 22.10.12, Herefordshire Council Planning Officers, under delegated powers, approved the Developer’s application to vary the conditions attached to the planning permission for Reeves Hill Wind Farm. The DECISION NOTICE clearly stated that the site entrances had to be built at 45 degrees to the road, as in the originally consented plan, AND at 90 degrees to the road, as in the newly submitted plans.
The final new plans mentioned in the decision were the fourth version to go up on the Herefordshire website since the consultation on the application opened: they were put up after the consultation had closed! They do not even show the England-Wales border.