Plan to build two 85 metre wind turbines at March Landfill Site set to be rejected

Map showing site of March Landfill in Hundred Road where two turbines were planned

Map showing site of March Landfill in Hundred Road where two turbines were planned - Credit: Archant

A proposal to build two 85 metre high wind turbines on a landfill site in March is set to be turned down.

Waste Recycling Group’s application for the turbines at March Landfill Site, Hundred Road, has been recommended for rejection when it appears before Fenland District Council’s Planning Committee next Wednesday.

Officers say “the impact of the scheme, in terms of landscape character, visual and residential amenity, would be so significant as to outweigh the positive benefits”.

The proposal would also harm heritage assets such as St Wendreda’s Church, officers said.

The report said: “The proposal would detract from the character of the area and has failed to demonstrate that any harm to heritage assets is acceptable when balanced against the benefits of this renewable energy scheme.”

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The proposal was first submitted in February 2011 but was withdrawn, before being re-submitted in June 2011.

Waste Recycling Group, who generate energy from waste, said Hundred Road was a “potentially suitable” location for a wind energy project due to the large areas of land available and the relatively high wind speeds at the site.

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But the proposal raised concerns among neighbouring residents - 16 letters of objection were submitted highlighting issues including the visual impact of the turbines.

The site is unsuitable since it is too close to residential areas and there are already too many turbines, objectors said.

The proposal was opposed by March Town Council, the Cambridgeshire Bat Group and the Ministry Of Defence, who said the turbines would interfere with the radar at RAF Marham.

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