In September 2007 Porirua City Council introduced Plan Change 7 – Wind Farms. A key part of the plan change was that, for a wind farm to be a discretionary activity, it required wind turbines to be at least 700m away from a zone boundary, or the boundary of the site not part of the wind farm.A turbine within 700m of a property boundary became a non-complying activity for resource consents.
Continued pressure on GWRC by local communities, including legal action, has finally (July 2009) resulted in the Council and the developer RES abandoning plans to use Battle Hill Forest Park for windfarm access and infrastructure.
Apparently an alternate access route is being negotiated via public roads, involving land south of Battle Hill on the Paekakariki Hill Road.
We Still Need You
The Plan Change 7 appeal is scheduled to be heard in the Environment Court on 2 July and we will be playing out the final chapters of this part of our ongoing Wind Farm fight. On one side of the court will be the wind farm companies. On the other side will be Porirua City Council and representatives of our community.
In 2007 many in this community felt strongly enough about the proposed Puketiro Wind Farm to submit on Plan Change 7. And you are still needed because the fight is not over yet! For now, five years on, this community again has the opportunity to demonstrate how they feel about the possibility of a wind farm in this environment.
The past year has been fairly quiet on the wind farm front, but plenty of wheels have been turning behind the scenes and, in the coming months, things will be hotting up. There are a few key decision documents circulating which could significantly influence the outcome of the Puketiro, and future, wind farms in our area.
All our hard work and determination to be heard has had significant influence on the outcomes of Plan Change 7 and the Battle Hill Management Plan. Now the opposition are trying to turn those outcomes around, and it’s time for us to stand up and be heard again.
A Clarifying Update by Diane Strugnell
Many of you will have read in the Dominion Post or on the internet the article with the headline "Council calls halt to Belmont wind farm"
It has been very pleasing to know that a lot of people care enough to contact us with congratulatory phone calls. The disappointing thing is to have to let people know that the article is misleading and in places entirely incorrect.
Leaflets describing the impacts of the Puketiro windfarm have been delivered to houses in the Whitby area.
Are you prepared...
for the huge windfarm which is planned to be sited a few kilometres from your home and the noise, blade-glint and low frequency vibrations that may affect you?
Can you tolerate...
the reduced desirability of your property and the consequent devaluation due to the proximity to these industrial structures that will be seen from your street?
The above image of Stirling Castle in Scotland provides an unusually clear understanding of the scale of modern wind turbines and their potential to visually desecrate the landscape. It is difficult to reconcile the thinking that permitted such vandalism to be perpetrated on such an historic place.
And there's more:
From Taranki Daily News - 11 June 2008
Taranaki’s first wind farm, planned to be built on the coast at Waverley, will probably contribute nothing to meeting the country’s peak winter power demand.