Appeal date set to overturn council’s refusal
Inquiry Looms For Wind Farm
By Jemma Callow
A controversial wind farm which was refused by district councillors could still be given the go ahead pending the outcome of an eight-day planning inquiry which begins on Tuesday.
In June last year, members of South Northamptonshire Council rejected plans to build five wind turbines on land linking Sulgrave Greatworth and Helmdon.
Following the refusal, the applicant Broadview Energy lodged a planning appeal which will be heard at the council’s offices in Towcester from Tuesday.
Each of the turbines would stand more than 120 metres tall at the highest point – ten metres taller than St Paul’s Cathedral – but would generate enough electricity for 5,580 households each year.
The plans have been met with opposition from many of the neighbouring villages, with residents forming the Helmdon, Stuchbury Greatworth Windfarm Action Group (HSGWAG) to formally oppose the plans.
HSGWAG chairman, Keith Jones, said “We believe the likely contribution of the wind farm to the cause of carbon-free electricity will not justify the major impact which the scheme would have on the small scale landscape between the villages of Helmdon and Greatworth and the countryside and the conservation around it.
“There has been a vast amount of work locally to support the council in trying to get the appeal dismissed and if people can attend the inquiry it will demonstrate the community opposition to Broadview’s plans.”
On its website, Broadview Energy said: We remain confident that the submitted information demonstrates this is a good project in a good location and Broadview has therefore appealed. If the wind farm were to be constructed, it would generate enough electricity to meet the annual needs of 5,580 households in the region. It would also lead to the displacement of electricity and associated carbon emissions generated by fossil-fuelled power stations.
“In addition, should the wind farm become operational, a community fund will be set up to support local community groups and projects with up to £750,000 over the wind farm’s 25-year lifetime.”
The Banbury Guardian – 10 May 2012