Sadly we have to report that, in spite of officer recommendation for approval, Councillors on the Planning and Rights of Way Committee voted this Tuesday (10th November) 8 -7 to refuse our application on grounds of visual intrusion, and to disregard the significant economic benefits offered to our communities. We will be re-assessing the project in terms of Welsh Government's new community renewables support stream, and the outcome of Westminster Govt's Feed in Tariff review, to inform an appeal in the New Year. Thanks to all those who have supported us in recent weeks, and we hope you will write again to the Planning Inspectorate once our appeal goes in.
Community Energy in Pembrokeshire (CEP) are asking the public to show their support for an exciting new renewable energy project that could provide community benefit for Pembrokeshire of £2m over 20 years.
CEP, a not for profit Community Interest Company, have put in an application for a wind power project in East Williamston that has been recommended for consent by a senior planning officer.
Councillors will be carrying out a site visit in the next few weeks before the application goes back before the council’s planning committee for a final decision.
Robert Proctor of Community Energy Wales, wrote in support of the project:
“At a time when many community and social amenities are facing severe cuts, the harnessing of energy and revenue from community schemes such as this could be a vital element in safeguarding community activities.
Most importantly it will be a locally owned asset that empowers the local community to have a greater understanding of where their energy comes from and enables them to take control of their future as they become more resilient to outside forces such as fuel prices that are out of their control.”
Please show your support by visiting the council’s online Planning Portal as soon as possible: http://bit.ly/1Jz4r7Q
From there you will see all of the project information and be able to leave your comments. In the ‘Role Code’ box enter ‘consultee’.
Alternatively, you can email the Planning Officer, Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the application number: 15/0376/PA
You may find the template letter here useful if you are short of time.
Many thanks in advance,