Villagers vow to fight Heydon Grange wind farm scheme
VILLAGERS are banding together to fight a proposed wind farm scheme. Concerned residents in Heydon, Great Chishill, and Fowlmere, have formed an action group to oppose the scheme, which would see a wind farm built at Heydon Grange As revealed in The Crow
VILLAGERS are banding together to fight a proposed wind farm scheme.
Concerned residents in Heydon, Great Chishill, and Fowlmere, have formed an action group to oppose the scheme, which would see a wind farm built at Heydon Grange
As revealed in The Crow last month, proposals are on the table for 11 turbines to be constructed on land at the Grange, although a formal planning application has yet to be submitted.
A meeting was held at Great Chishill village hall last Thursday, and Alex Duffus, who is heading up the flegling action group, says more than 200 people have declared an interest in the project.
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He said: "We're not at all anti-renewable energy or indeed anti-wind power, it's just that we're not convinced that building such a large windfarm 200 metres from a village is necessary.
"It's early days at the moment, and a planning application has yet to be submitted, so we want to get as many people as possible to register their interest so we can take action if and when we need to."
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South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley visited the area on Saturday, and said erecting turbines would not be good for the environment.
He said: "Having spoken to local residents and had a look at the area myself, I think putting turbines up there would amount to environmental vandalism.
"It will have such a big impact on the landscape, and affect the view for miles around."
The plans are currently at an early stage, with an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) scoping report having been published on the South Cambridgeshire District Council website.
The district council has been seeking the opinion of relevant bodies, including local councils and Natural England.
Anyone wishing to keep up to date with the group's activities can join their Facebook group by searching for "Stop Heydon Grange Windfarm".
The group can also be emailled on firstname.lastname@example.org