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Developers pull the plug on Gores Farm wind turbines

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Developers have pulled the plug on controversial plans to build wind turbines at Gores Farm to the west of the village.

Following government rejection of plans for addition turbines at French Farm to the north of Thorney, it seemed highly unlikely that a larger and more visible wind-farm would stand any chance of approval.

The developers, West Coast Energy, first submitted revised plans reducing the number of turbines to lessen the visible impact and, in particular, on the view of Thorney Abbey. It claimed no wind turbines would be able to be seen from The Green. However, West Coast Energy has clearly seen the writing on the wall and plans have been withdrawn. The wind-farm would have had the capacity to power up to 11,000 homes.

There are still plans on the table for five turbines at Willowhall.

News of the withdrawal will please Thorney Parish council which has urged planners to reject proposals for other wind farms near the village.

Following the rejection of the French Drove wind farm extension, the parish council issued this statement:

“Thorney Parish Council is very pleased that the immense efforts made by local opposition groups, parishioners, City Councillors and Stewart Jackson, have resulted in the Secretary of State refusing permission for the installation of 4x100metre high wind turbines at French Farm, French Drove.

“As they are opposed for many of the same reasons and with equal determination by the local community and their representatives, we trust that the wind farm applications at Gores Farm and the adjacent Willow Hall Farm sites will be similarly rejected, when the City Council determines the outcome of these two applications.”

 

MP says wind farm decision is victory for community

Stuart-Jackson

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson (pictured) issued this statement following news that the government had rejected plans for additional wind turbines at French Drove.

“I’m really pleased at the decision by HM Planning Inspectorate which vindicated all our efforts.

“It shows that if the community works together with a strong argument and marshals their case well, then a poor and inappropriate application can be defeated by the existing planning system.

“That said, had the Secretary of State not responded to my request to use his powers to Call In the plans, it might have been a very different story.

“I’m not against wind turbines full stop – but they have to be placed in appropriate locations and these were not.

“I’d like to thank all those on the campaign team – especially Don and Julie Turner.”

Stewart Jackson played a critical role in helping block the French Drove wind farm. Plans for four more turbines had been approved by Peterborough City Council when Mr Jackson intervened and persuaded Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the Conservative/Liberal government, to block the decision and send it to a planning inquiry.

By the time the inquiry had made its recommendations, a new government was in power and onshore wind turbines faced a tougher test to win approval.

Eric Pickles’ successor Greg Clark decided the French Drove plans did not meet that tougher test.

Wind turbine components arriving at Wryde Croft

Wind turbine

Components for the 13 turbines at Wryde Croft wind-farm to the east of Thorney started arriving last week, with delivery of three 39m long turbine blades. Further components are due for delivery throughout July and August.

Construction of the wind-farm by energy company RES began in September 2014, and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. Over the last few months, seven kilometres of on-site tracks have been created and all 13 of the foundations which will support the turbines are now complete.

Bob Wilson, RES Construction Site Manager at Wryde Croft Wind Farm, said: “This site has excellent transport access and we do not anticipate any significant delays for local people during the turbine delivery period. The wind farm is progressing to schedule and we should see the first turbines being erected in the coming weeks.”

Turbine deliveries will continue for approximately eight weeks. The delivery vehicles should travel along the A47, turn onto New Cut Road to the east of Thorney, then turn right to access the wind farm site via Wallace Drove. RES says it has agreed this delivery route in consultation with Peterborough City Council, the police and relevant highways authorities. All turbine deliveries must follow the agreed route to site, avoiding local villages.

Specially designed vehicles are used to deliver the various sections of the turbines – each turbine comprises three blades, two tower sections, a hub and nacelle (or gearbox). The deliveries have been scheduled to minimise disruption and will take place Monday to Friday, with an occasional delivery on Saturday if required.

Wryde Croft Wind Farm is due to start generating electricity by the end of this year. Once the wind farm is fully operational, it will provide a community benefits package of £130,000 per year (index linked) and be capable of generating sufficient renewable electricity to power around 14,000 homes.

The community benefits offered at Wryde Croft Wind Farm will comprise a Community Benefit Fund to support local charitable projects and a Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS), which offers nearest neighbours an annual discount of at least £100 per year off their electricity bills. Eligible properties will be contacted directly with details of how to claim the discount.

Gores Farm turbines cut from eight to seven

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Developers have cut the number of wind turbines at Gores Farm from eight to seven in a revised plan submitted to Peterborough City Council.

The development, just to the west of Thorney, would be adjacent to another, separate proposed wind-farm at Willowhall which has five turbines, making 12 between the two sites. You can see a plan of the new layout here.

Developers, West Coast Energy, says the reduction in the number of turbines will reduce the visible impact and, in particular, on the view of Thorney Abbey. It claims no wind turbines will be able to be seen from The Green.

The revised planning documents can be seen here: or by visiting the city council’s customer service centre in Bayard Place, Broadway, which is open from 9-5pm Monday to Friday (from 11am on Wednesdays). If you want to see them, the reference number you’ll need is 13/00431.

People have until June 11 to comment on the plan and can make submissions in writing, by e-mail or online.

The seven turbines would have a height of about 127 metres to the tip of the highest blade and a capacity of up to 21 megawatts. West Coast Energy says this would provide power for more than 11,000 homes.

Like other wind-farms in the area, the developers are committed to paying an annual sum as a community fund, which would be split between “good causes” and discounts in electricity bills for properties within a certain range. This may amount to £84,000 per annum and continue for the projected life of the wind-farm of 25 years.

In their submission, the developers claim the removal of one turbine “will reduce the horizontal spread of turbines so that they are entirely to the right of the church towers in views from the northeast and none will be visible from Thorney Green. This will result in a reduction in the degree of effect on St Mary and St Botolph’s Church from moderate significance to minor significance.”