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Turbines Scheme Winds Up Villagers

Call for residents to object as application made

An Action group is urging villagers to register their objections over a planned wind farm.

A planning application to build five wind turbines at  Spring Farm Ridge near Greatworth has now been submitted to South Northamptonshire Council by Broadview Energy.

With the pubic invited to make comments, the Helmdon, Stuchury and Greatworth Windfarm Action Group (HSGWAG), which was formed to oppose the scheme, is urging residents to object.

Chairman Keith Jones said:  ‘There are clearly a number of reasons why we believe this scheme would be refused,  not to mention the lack of wind!

If local residents feel the same then we are urging them to write to South Northamptonshire Council by Christmas with their objections.  The HSGWAG website has plenty of guidance and advice on how to do this.’

The proposal is to place five 125-metre–high wind turbines between the villages of Helmdon, Sulgrave and Greatworth less than 600 metres from the nearest properties.

Greatworth resident Bob Haynes said: ‘Our main conern is that turbines would be totally out of scale on this beautiful landscape and going about our daily lives will be impacted upon significantly should this scheme be allowed to go ahead.’

A poll conducted by HSGWAG  of residents at a public meeting called by Broadview in Helmdon earlier this year showed that  87 per cent of those who attended were against the wind turbine proposal.

Broadview manager Olly Buck said: ‘Obviously, in choosing the site for the wind farm we are conducting a full environmnetal test which we hope the council will look to approve.

‘We fully appreciate that people have concerns about wind farms and think that they are a large and substantial  concern to the environment, but we will do our best to address everyone (sic) with questions.’

To view the application online, visit http:/snc.planning-register.co.uk/PlanAppDisp.asp?RecNum=63417.

Alternatively visit www.hsgweg.co.uk for more information.

The Banbury Guardian25 November 2010



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