Banner-waving members of the Stop Common Barn Wind Farm campaign group were at Huntingdon Football Clubs Jubilee Park yesterday (Tuesday) for the start of the appeal hearing, which could last up to eight days. A government planning inspector will hear evidence from all sides on TCI Renewables application for three 125-metre turbines for north west of Church Farm, Rectory Lane, Southoe. The application was taken out of Huntingdonshire District Councils hands after it failed to make a decision within eight weeks. When HDCs development management panel met in December it unanimously agreed that it would have rejected the proposals. Road safety, the impact of noise on nearby homes, harm to archaeological assets and the turbines proximity to rights of way would have been its grounds for refusal. HDC will present its conclusions at the hearing. Campaigners have warned of serious traffic problems on the A1 should the scheme be approved. They argue that accessing the site close to Bell Lane, near the Southoe bends, would be dangerous. Southoe, Midloe, Grafham, Perry, Great Staughton, Buckden and Hail Weston parish councils all recommended refusing the plans. The hearing is due to be heard in two stages and will be adjourned on Friday (March 15), continuing on Tuesday, March 26 and ending by Thursday, March 28. The planning inspectors decision will be published at a later date.