May 24 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, June 21, 2012
PERMISSION to build four 126 metre-high wind turbines at Tydd Giles is due to be granted on Wednesday, despite a raft of objections from residents.
Fenland Residents Against Wind Turbines (FenRATS) claim the turbines will harm the landscape, the living conditions of villagers, listed buildings and important bird populations.
But Fenland District Council’s planning committee will be told that the scheme has been considered in line with national and local policies – and the renewable energy development will “make an important contribution to the government’s aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.”
Wind Ventures Ltd has applied to build the four turbines at Treading Field, and there are plans to erect another two turbines nearby, on land under the jurisdiction of South Holland District Council.
The three blades turbines will be finished in a semi-matt grey colour, and a permanent wind monitoring mast is due to replace the existing temporary one on site.
An area of woodland will be planted to help screen the turbines from a neighbouring property.
A report to go before the planning committee says: “It is acknowledged that he proposal will have some notable effects on the character of the area. However, the nature of the proposal is considered to be compatible in scale with the local landscape character.”
Tydd St Giles parish council has opposed the plan for the four turbines, citing problems with noise, shadow flicker, impacts on wildlife and visual impact.
Fenland District Council received 194 letters of objection from residents, whose objections included a complaint that turbines were “a blot on the landscape,” they would have a devastating effect on wildlife, and there was little opportunity for screening.
One resident wrote: “There is an extremely high number of wind turbines in Fenland already. It seems to be a dumping area.” A petition with 21 signatures against the development was handed in, and the council also received 131 letters of support.