Wind Farm Protesters Await Planning Application

PUBLISHED: 14:11 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 31 May 2010

Protesters drum up publicity for the Stop Linton Wind Farm campaign

Protesters drum up publicity for the Stop Linton Wind Farm campaign

PROTESTERS against the proposed wind farm at Linton are stepping up their campaign as developer Enertrag prepares to submit its planning application. Armed with banners and placards, wearing anti-wind farm t-shirts and making use of a 1950s Green Goddess

PROTESTERS against the proposed wind farm at Linton are stepping up their campaign as developer Enertrag prepares to submit its planning application.

Armed with banners and placards, wearing anti-wind farm t-shirts and making use of a 1950s Green Goddess fire engine, residents of Linton, Hadstock and Great Chesterford united to spread the word against the wind farm proposal.

Hadstock resident Tom Tron is closely involved with the campaign. "We believe this is a totally inappropriate site for a wind farm as this region is one of the lowest wind-speed areas in the country," he said.

"We already have more than 1400 members who have joined the Stop Linton Wind Farm Action Group and have genuine concerns about noise, health, the accident-prone A1307 and landscape issues."

Enertrag UK, a German-owned company, is readying applications to both South Cambridgeshire and Uttlesford district councils for an eight-turbine wind farm located on the county boundary between Linton and Great Chesterford.

The company has successfully built a wind farm at North Pickenham near Swaffham in Norfolk and has several other proposals going through various stages of the planning system.

However, project manager David Linley revealed that the company had a poor success rate in obtaining planning permission.

"Less than 20 per cent of our applications for wind farms get approved," he said, "although once they get turned down we always appeal. At the appeal stage we expect around one in three to go through.

"As far as the Linton wind farm is concerned, we are currently collating the last of our studies to help us prepare an environmental statement, prior to us submitting planning applications by, we expect, the end of the month."

The highly organised Stop Linton Wind Farm Action Group has a comprehensive website at www.stoplwf.org.uk, where they list myriad reasons to oppose the wind farm.

Group member and owner of Linton Zoo, Kim Simmons, said: "We've always kept an open mind but an increasing body of evidence suggests that wind turbines have the potential to affect the health of local residents as well as animals.

"I am particularly concerned about the animals here at the zoo and the possible effect of the turbines on some of our rare breeding programmes."

Mr Linley said that he was used to vocal minorities speaking out against Enertrag UK's proposals.

He said: "Generally, seven or eight per cent of people feel strongly enough to write and object. Then maybe four per cent write in to pledge their support. The vast majority, around 90 per cent, appear not to mind too much either way."

The Linton wind farm proposal consists of eight 125-metre tall turbines that Enertrag says will generate a maximum of three megawatts of power each, theoretically producing enough electricity between them to power 13,400 households.

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