Cambs wind farm application returns with revised plans
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OPPONENTS of plans for a wind farm between three villages say very little has changed after the developer redesigned its proposals.
Broadview Energy has come up with a new scheme for three 125m turbines near Kimbolton, Tilbrook and Stow Longa.
The company originally applied to put up four but its application was rejected after an appeal was dismissed by a government planning inspector in March last year.
Twelve months on and villagers received information from Broadview this week about its fresh plans for a Bicton wind farm.
Tom Cosgrove, the firm’s project manager, said: “We have taken the time to analyse the inspector’s report and seek advice from a range of independent experts which has led to the decision to redesign the proposed wind farm.
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“We have reduced the number of turbines from four to three and relocated them to positions that are more sympathetic to both the local environment and the requirements of local planning policy.”
Amy Howard, spokesman for Stop Bicton Wind Farm, said she was not surprised Broadview had submitted new proposals, despite the objections of residents, two district councils and the planning inspector.
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“At first glance, I cannot see how what they have done makes any significant change to what their initial proposal was.
“When the planning inspector rejected the appeal he said that any benefits from that development were significantly outweighed by the harm the development would cause, in particular on the landscape and heritage.”
Ms Howard said two of the three turbines were within 100m of where Broadview originally wanted them and they were the same height.
She added the area was already contributing to the creation of renewable energy after work began to build a solar farm nearby.
Ms Howard, who lives at Stow Longa, said the campaign to stop the wind farm would continue if that was what people wanted. “Our stance has always been that we will look at the proposals, see how people feel about it and if they want us to fight it, fight it we shall.”
INFORMATION: Broadview’s plans are due to go on display at The Mandeville Hall, Kimbolton from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, March 26. Company representatives will be available to answer questions. For more information visit www.bictonwindfarm.com