We hear that after three years Streetwood Wind Farm in South Norfolk has finally been refused. See the details here. What has not been addressed is the cost and stress to the Community and how that should be recompensed. We hear regularly of the Community Benefit (BRIBES) that developers promise but nothing to compensate the planning blight, cost and stress of THREE YEARS fighting these wind farms. The fact it has eventually been kicked into touch suggests that it was not an appropriate development and not in an appropriate area. When are developers going to be made to pay?
Can we suggest that all developers must place a pre application bond of £50k per turbine which in the case of approval can be directed to final decommissioning and in the case of a refusal should be paid to the Community to cover costs and stress caused. I think against the expected profits it is but a drop in the ocean but for those effected by applications, especially repeat applications for the same or similar site, it would make life more amenable. I think it would has guard against speculative applications.