FINAL plans for a four-turbine wind farm between Stow Longa and Kimbolton will be unveiled at a public exhibition on Monday (January 18). The meeting at the Queen Katharine Building at Kimbolton School has been organised by Broadview Energy. The firm want
FINAL plans for a four-turbine wind farm between Stow Longa and Kimbolton will be unveiled at a public exhibition on Monday (January 18).
The meeting at the Queen Katharine Building at Kimbolton School has been organised by Broadview Energy.
The firm wants to construct a wind farm close to Bicton and Harvards Way industrial parks and says it has spent 18 months analysing the site and surrounding area investigating issues such as noise, cultural, heritage, traffic, visual impacts and wind.
The exhibition will detail the proposed locations of the four 125m-high turbines as well as reveal artists impressions of the turbines from surrounding locations.
Broadview managing director Jeffrey Corrigan said the company expects to submit a planning application to Huntingdonshire District Council by early March.
"Our studies have confirmed that the Bicton site is highly suitable for a small wind farm of four turbines," he said.
"Importantly, we will have photo images of the proposed wind farm which will give people a very good idea of how the turbines will sit within the local landscape.
"The exhibition will also give local people another opportunity to question the Broadview team and to learn more about the proposed community benefit fund which would support local community groups and projects with up to £600,000 over the wind farm's 25 year lifetime."
If permission is granted, the wind farm could be operational in 2011 generating electricity "for several thousand homes".
Opposition to the proposals will continue.
The Stop Bicton Wind Farm Action Group believes the development would have a "massive" adverse impact on the area.
Committee member Richard Murphy said: "This development would set a precedent for further expansion in an unspoilt area. Some people may think we are being nimbys but if we do not look after our back yard, who will?"
INFORMATION: The Broadview meeting runs from 4.30pm until 8.30pm. Stop Bicton Wind Farm Action Group organised its own meeting at Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton on Friday (January 15) at 7.30pm and a coffee morning on Saturday (January 16) at Kimbolton Youth Club (behind Mandeville Hall) at 10.30am.