Inquiry starts on French Farm turbines

Wind turbine

A planning inquiry starts on March 4 into the application to build four wind turbines at French Farm, French Drove to the north of the village.

The application was being dealt with by Peterborough City Council last year, but was “called in” by the Department of Communities and Local Government and will now be decided by an inquiry.

The application, by REG Windpower, is for four turbines with a maximum height to blade tip of 100 metres; also vehicle access tracks, hard-standing, construction compound and ancillary development. Planning permission has already been granted for two turbines at French Drove and work has started on the bases for those.

As part of the inquiry, a public meeting is being held at the Bedford Hall on Thursday, March 5 starting at 7pm, where members of the public are invited to give their views.

The planning inquiry itself is being held at the Executive Suite, Peterborough United Stadium in London Road, Peterborough and is scheduled to sit for 12 days, starting on March 4. It will run March 4-6; March 10-13; March 17-20 and March 24, although if it has heard all evidence, the inquiry will close earlier. The inquiry opens at 10am and after the first day sittings will commence at 9.30am.

Details of both the planning inquiry and public meeting are listed in the events section on this website.

The French Farm site is one of five sites around Thorney where planning permission has been granted or is being sought in order to build wind turbines. To the east of the village, RES is currently building 13 turbines at Wryde Croft and these will be operational at the end of the year.

There are also applications for turbines at Willowhall and Gores Farm to the south and west. These are being considered by Peterborough City Council.

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