Plans for wind farm at Woolley Hill

ANOTHER energy firm has its eye on Huntingdonshire as a site for a new wind farm. There are already plans for a wind farm on the edge of Kimbolton and campaigners are fighting npower s plans for Graveley. Now concerns have been raised over proposals to

ANOTHER energy firm has its eye on Huntingdonshire as a site for a new wind farm.

There are already plans for a wind farm on the edge of Kimbolton and campaigners are fighting npower's plans for Graveley.

Now concerns have been raised over proposals to construct a wind farm of up to seven turbines near Ellington.

Renewable Energy Systems Development Limited has its eye on a site north of Brampton Hut at Woolley Hill. Each turbine would be up to 127metres high.

The proposed site, north of Brampton Hut and visible from the A14 and A1, already has a mast to test wind speeds, for which planning permission was granted in 2005.

Although a planning application is yet to be submitted, it is understood that an environmental impact assessment is being prepared for what is being called the Woolley Hill Wind Farm project.

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Ellington Parish Council has already expressed concerns about the development, which it believes will dominate the village's skyline as well as that of Barham, Woolley, Easton and Alconbury.

A document sent from Ellington Parish Council clerk Darren Tysoe to Huntingdonshire District Council planning officers last month outlined the parish council's main concerns. These included fears for wildlife, such as red kites that nest at the site, and the strain on the village's road caused by increased traffic during construction.

The document stated: "The A14 already creates a negative impact on Ellington and this proposal would add further negative impacts in respect of noise, visual impact and loss of amenity."

An extraordinary meeting of Ellington Parish Council was held on April 12 to discuss the proposal. Concerns raised included the turbines distracting drivers on the A14 and the development being located less than 1km from residential areas.

Renewable Energy Systems Development Limited was contacted for comment.

BOX: Do you support a wind farm being developed at Woolley Hill? E-mail your views to: editor@huntspost.co.uk or write to The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB.

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