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Spring 07 Bickerstaffe Record

Planning and the green agenda – the Council disappoints again

03.11.07 | Comment?

Residents may well be aware of the relatively new availability of wind turbines, small enough for domestic installation and which can be used to provide at least a percentage of household energy.

Both Paul Cotterill and our MP Rosie Cooper were approached by local residents on the question of whether planning permission regulations might be waived for such ‘green’ installations, so we promptly wrote to the planning authority, West Lancashire District Council, to set out the case.

The reply from the Council states: “Neither the planning system nor the District Council seeks to inhibit people going green….? The letter then goes on to say that there can be no special consideration whatsoever and that a full planning application must be submitted. No removal or reduction in the application fee is countenanced.

We accept that planning regulations may take some time to catch up, as they have done, say, with TV satellite dishes, which do not generally need planning permission if they are less than 35 cubic metres (about the same as the wind turbines). However, we are disappointed that the Council is doing nothing pro-active to assist people through the process, including removing the planning fee. If Paul is elected as a councillor in May, he will certainly press this point.

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