Wind turbine plan for Heydon Grange could be on the cards

PUBLISHED: 10:14 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 16:18 11 May 2010

Could a wind farm like this be built at Heydon Grange?

Could a wind farm like this be built at Heydon Grange?

A WIND farm with 11 turbines could soon be springing up in Crow Country. A planning application has not yet been submitted for the farm, which would be at Heydon Grange, but an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) scoping report has been published, and c

A WIND farm with 11 turbines could soon be springing up in Crow Country.

A planning application has not yet been submitted for the farm, which would be at Heydon Grange, but an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) scoping report has been published, and can be viewed on the South Cambridgeshire District Council website.

The council is currently scoping opinion of bodies including Natural England and the local parish councils, and Heydon parish council held an extraordinary meeting on the issue last night (Wednesday).

A spokesman for Great Chishill Parish Council said they would be discussing the farm as an agenda item at a forthcoming meeting.

The EIA report states that German firm Volkswind are looking to construct 11 turbines, each capable of generating 2.3megawatts of energy.

It says there is likely to be a "significant" impact on the landscape if the farm is erected, adding: "This is almost inevitable with any commercial wind energy development in the UK due to the nature and height of the turbines and these impacts will need to be balanced against the other benefits of the scheme."

The report also states that if a wind farm is built, "sensitive" construction methods will be employed so as not to disturb local wild life, such as badgers.

District and county councillor Susan van de Ven said: "This isn't a formal planning application yet, and it is important that people get as much information as possible so that they understand the consultation process."

The owner of Heydon Grange, John Achtar, is currently abroad on business and was unavailable for comment.

The scoping report can be viewed at; www.scambs.gov.uk/Environment/Planning/DevelopmentPlanning/heydonwindscopingrequest.htm.

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