The 500kW community-owned wind energy project, Resilient Energy Severndale, was approved by Forest of Dean District Council's planning committee in August 2015. This decision was then successfully challenged in the High Court by one objector. The project has been given the go-ahead for a legal appeal.

Last year’s 10:10 petition for onshore wind gave them a foot in the door. The government were non-committal, but they weren’t entirely cold on the future of clean energy either.

At 5.00am on Thursday 17th November, Cicely Spelling of 10:10 picked up 1000 pinwheels and headed to Parliament Square. As the sun dawned, she joined 25 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed volunteers and planted the pinwheels on the grassy lawn.
The pinwheels represent the lost turbines that can’t be built because of the withdrawal of government support for onshore wind.

Last week, 10:10 kicked off its Blown Away campaign with a petition demanding that fossil fuels are not given more financial support than clean, renewable onshore wind.

The world’s largest offshore windfarm, Hornsea Project Two has received development consent from Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark.

When complete, the windfarm will deliver up to 1,800 megawatts of low carbon electricity to around 1.8 million UK homes.

The lawyers for EDF who are appealing against the planning decisions to refuse permission for the wind farm at Bullington Cross have sent additional information, which we have copied below (with some shortening). The main points are...

The Bullington Cross wind farm appeal has been submitted, and plans for Hampshire's first community owned wind farm are back in play. The planning inspectorate will decide. Help persuade the Inspector that climate change is a bigger threat to the Hampshire country side than 14 wind turbines. Deadline 9 March.

WinACC has received the following official notice from Winchester City Council:


Site Address: Proposed Bullington Cross Wind Farm Site Norton Sutton Scotney Hampshire 

Application reference: 13/00800/FUL

Appellant’s name: EDF Energy Renewables

Last July, the three Councils including Winchester City Council decided not to give permission to build a wind farm at Bullington Cross. 

The company, edf, have decided to appeal against the decision.  They have also have publicly reconfirmed their committment to Bullington Cross having part community ownership.

Wind is ‘the most mature and cost-effective source of renewable energy’



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The former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, Sir David King, has said of the new book by Professor David Mackay ‘Sustainable Energy – without the hot air’ that it ‘sets out with enormous clarity and objectivity the various alternative low carbon pathways that are open to us’. 

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