French Farm wind turbines – decision by July

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A decision on whether additional wind turbines can be built at French Farm will be issued by July 7, according to the Planning Inspectorate.

The proposed wind-farm was the subject of a planning inquiry in early March, including a public consultation in the village.

The Planning Inspectorate issued a notice this week to say the inspector is now preparing his report and recommendation which will be submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration.

The final decision will be made by the Secretary of State for Local Government and the Community. This was Eric Pickles, but a new secretary will not be appointed until after the general election.

There is already planning permission in place for two turbines at French Farm, French Drove (to the north of the village), but the developers – REG Windpower – applied for permission to build four more. The application was approved by Peterborough City Council, but “called in” by the Secretary of State following the intervention of Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson.

This meant that the city council’s decision was set aside and the application would be decided by a planning inspector, with the Secretary of State having the final decision.

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