DECISION TO BE MADE BY THE END OF MAY
MP to decide on plans for five wind turbines
By Rebekah Sharrock
Villagers in Helmdon, Greatworth and Stuchbury are still waiting to find out if a planned five-turbine wind farm on land at Spring Farm Ridge will get the go ahead.
A second appeal against South Northants Council’s (SNC) decision to refuse the application by Broadview Energy was expected to be resolved in December. But the decision is not now due until May after Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles ‘called in’ the decision.
Keith Jones, chairman of protest group Helmdon, Stutchbury and Greatworth Wind Action Group said: “There is no justification for putting wind turbines in this particular place because it is such a rural and tranquil atmosphere.
“These things will be completely out of place. If the Secretary of State wants to take the rest of the year to make the decision I do not mind, as long as he makes the right decision.”
Broadview originally submitted plans for the 125m turbines, capable of providing power for 8,000 homes, in November 2010. SNC refused the application and Broadview successfully appealed this decision in July 2012. Following a High Court challenge which overturned the appeal ruling, Broadview lodged a second appeal which was heard last year.
Olly Buck, development manager at Broadview Energy said: “The Secretary of State’s intervention to determine the project himself has led to further, and in our opinion, unnecessary delay at a time when there is a pressing need to get on with developing new electricity generation infrastructure in this country to avoid an impending energy security crisis. We share the concerns and frustration of local residents, and all those with an interest in the wind farm, who need certainty as to its future progression or otherwise.”
Brackley & Towcester Advertiser – 07 February, 2014