The Voice Of The People Of The Forest of Dean

Opposition to the Planning Application for Wind Generator at Poolway

The Planning Dept.
High Street,
GL16 8HG


Dear sirs,

Dean Forest Voice (DFV) wish to register an objection to the planning application for a Wind Turbine and ancillary works at land adjacent to Poolway Farm, Gloucester Rd, Coleford. (Application ref. P2110/11/FUL) in the name of Poolway Wind Ltd.

We feel that this development is entirely inappropriate for the area in which it will be situated. This area is close to a residential development and is itself defined in the Local Plan as a strategic open space. We regard this as a rushed and opportunist attempt to gain planning consent for what is a controversial subject.

The Forest of Dean District Council must give proper consideration to the development of renewable and sustainable energy within its Policy CSP.3 in the Core Strategy. Guidance and proposals can then be brought forward in a supplementary planning document. We are aware of the Bill before Parliament entitled the Wind Turbines (Minimum Distances from Residential Premises) Bill (HL) and under the proposed legislation wind generators of this magnitude would be required to be a minimum of 1500m from the nearest residential premises.

This is clearly not the case in this instance, and probably accounts for the speed and urgency of the application. DFV is not opposed to the use of wind turbines when considering renewable and sustainable energy, but the overall energy policy should be considered on the basis of what is best for the entire area with consideration given to it's environment and landscape.

We ask that you reject this proposal.

Keith Morgan

4 Wilkes Meadow, Broadwell, Coleford Glos GL16 7DT

01594 833552