by Richard Woodhall
Proposals to place six wind turbines close to the village of Sulgrave mean residents could be faced with seeing 15 towering blades from their houses.
Last year the Banbury Guardian reported on Enertrag’s plan to build nine 130m high turbines between Sulgrave and Weston.
Now Broadview Energy Ltd wishes to place an additional six turbines – at 125 metres high – on land between Greatworth and Helmdon.
The company has written to more than 7,500 households in the area about the project and has a drop-on session on Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm at Marston St Lawrence village hall.
Broadview has not yet made a planning appplication but has submitted a ‘scoping report’ - its own assessment of the environmental impact of its planned wind farm - to South Northamptonshire District Council, the local planning authority. Sulgrave Parish Council chairman Graham Roberts said the two wind farms would form one of the biggest planning decisions the parish council would look at.
‘He said: ‘The issue is the visual impact. We’ve got to decide whether it’s appropriate for the site.
‘It’s a conservation village and this will see a sweep of turbines to the east of the village. If we’ve got two wind farms, who is to say we won’t have three or four?
‘I think the area is very unspoilt at the moment and clearly this could have a significant impact – but this does not mean I reject them necessarily.
‘I know large wind farms have noise issues and these two wind farms will constitute a big one.'
Residents who do not want turbines near their homes set up the Sulgrave Wind Farms Action Group after the first plan was unveiled.
Villager Colin Wootton, an active member of the group, said: ‘It would be about 1,400 metres between one set of turbines and another.’
Regarding the work of the wind farms to help produce green energy, he said: ‘We, as an action group would want to debate the global warming effect of these turbines.’
Jeffrey Corrigan, managing director of Broadview Energy, said: 'We are sharing our plans with the community at an early stage and will liaise with councils as we carry out our environmental and technical studies. Explaining our reasons for choosing the site, along with the need for onshore wind power, are a very important part of the development porcess.'
South Northamptonshire Council spokesman Corrie Strickland said consideration would be given to the fact there would be two wind farm proposals close by when ruling on the respective planning appplications.
The Banbury Guardian - 25 February 2010