Is your council blocking solar PV installations?

Here’s some interesting info I picked up from the YouGen e-news I’m subscribed to:

Eden Vale Council in Cumbria makes people apply for building regulations for a solar installation and charges £100 for the pleasure. In Dorset you must fill in a form and pay £42, while over the border in Devon the council confirms permitted development over the phone. West Lancashire Borough Council insists people pay £75 to be sent a letter confirming they don’t need planning permission.

It’s madness. Central government says one thing, and local government’s do what they want. We’ve joined Eco-Environment’s campaign for a consistent approach, wherever you live. Two shadow ministers are on board, plus the Tory MP for Penrith and the Borders. If your local council’s caused you any problems, please let us know by commenting in the YouGen blog (or email Cathy at

Chris Huhne to reopen Delabole wind farm

The UK’s first commercial wind farm, at Delabole in Cornwall, is due to reopen later after a multimillion-pound redevelopment. The wind farm opened in 1991 with 10 turbines, which stand at 164ft (50m), at the remote site near Wadebridge. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is due to unveil four more 325ft (99m) turbines, which harness wind more effectively. Potential electricity generated at the site will increase to 9.2 megawatts, enough to power 7,000 homes. Read more here:

Proposed Solar-Farm near Whimple

MO3 Power is a renewable energy solar photovoltaic (PV) developer that wants to build a 5 Mw solar farm on 30 acres of land at Strete Farm adjacent to the north side of the A30 dual carriageway near Whimple. It is holding a public consultation on Monday 21st February at 4.30-6 p.m. at Whimple Parish Hall, to  present its plans before submitting a planning application. It could generate enough power for 1,000 homes and save between 1,600 and 2,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. Come along and find out more.

Children of today will have to deal with consequences of climate change

My letter made it into the Midweek Herald this week…

It is such a shame that Geoff Powell thinks man-made global warming is a sham. It’s a shame for my children aged just five and eight who will inherit this world long after Geoff is gone and will have to deal with the inevitable consequences of climate change in their lifetime and that of their own children.

It’s also regrettable that people like Geoff are unhappy about wind turbines. Personally, I think they are beautiful and welcome them onto our land and into our seas. They are just one solution to the rising challenge of fossil fuel depletion. It’s unfortunate that there are such negative people around when we all need positive energy to move forward.

Luckily, there are many people all over East Devon who are rising to the environmental challenges facing us, and joining the East Devon Green Party. We are looking forward to success in the May elections, with councillors elected who will work hard to ensure we are all doing everything we possibly can to reduce climate change.

Sharon Pavey

Hazelwood Close