Just a bit of an update and many thanks all that supported us on Tuesday & Wednesday at the appeals:
Tuesday Edward Ware (53)west of Willow Bank Rd Wednesday Banner (24) east of Willow Bank Rd
Both days were very long, 10 am until 8pm, when the inspector left the village after his site visits. I'm not sure if Becky & Mike would agree but these two appeals (by Hearing) seemed to be more draining (if that’s possible). I think, maybe, 4 days of evidence into 1 does not help, but it seemed that these were much more Alderton versus the developer, with a little bit of support from TBC side. I hope this means that we have gained credibility & our arguments are the ones that count!!! As to which way it will go only the inspector will decide, but he did say he hoped to have the decision made in July.
Many thanks to Becky & Mike who took the lead on each of the 2 days. They also took the lead in the preparation of evidence beforehand. However I'm sure they will join me in thanking the many contributors to that preparation, as well as those that were able to come along on both days to support us. Paul Smith (Planning Consultant employed to present Tewkesbury BC case) particularly asked me to convey his thanks to the villagers who came to support, as he thinks that it may be pivotal to the case in that it is a physical demonstration of social cohesion.
Many thanks also go to Tamsin, our clerk, who I know has done many more hours than she is paid for, not just dealing with the paper mountain also the electronic megabyte mountain range, but also keeping us to the various deadlines etc. Thanks also to our Borough & County councillors who attended, I would like to note we have found no evidence of the promised support of our MP!
Although I have tried to include as many people as I can, please forward this message to anyone I may have missed and anyone who may be interested..
Chairman of Alderton Parish Council
An application has been submitted for a 27 acre solar farm between Lower Stanley Farm, Gretton and Alderton. The project is proposed to be sited on a Tewkesbury Borough Council designated Special Land Area (LND2) and is afforded similar status and restrictions for planning as an AONB (LND1). It has been designated because of its position and importance as foreground to the Dumbleton and Dixton AONB.
If the solar farm goes ahead it would ruin the visual integrity from and to the AONBs. It could also be the first of more schemes by the same land owner once the solar farm infrastructure is in place, amounting to 100 acres. This is not about whether solar is a good idea or not, or whether Tewkesbury Borough Council is meeting its targets; neither is about finding funding for projects around the Parish that aren’t funded; it’s about the destruction of your local designated sites of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You may also be interested to know the Finance partners brought in by Green Hedge (the project managers) to run the community share scheme have backed out believing the venture to be unviable.
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