Plans for two new wind turbines in Stretham submitted - but will they prove as controversial as those in nearby Haddenham?

08:23 01 August 2014

How the new turbines in Stretham coud look

How the new turbines in Stretham coud look

Archant

A Stretham farmer has applied for planning permission to erect two 75m high wind turbines on his land.

Chris Attle has applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permission to erect the two turbines on Red Hill Farm, in Cambridge Road, an arable and beef farm.

The blades of the two turbines will stretch to some 54m in diameter and, at maximum capacity, the turbines will be capable of generating enough power for hundreds of homes.

The application comes just a week after REG Windpower entered plans to build three turbines in nearby Haddenham – provoking an angry backlash from some residents.

Campaigners have argued that the visual impact and shadow flicker from turbines planned for Berry Fen would be overwhelming but Chris Attle argued that the Stretham turbines would not present a problem

A report submitted to the district council said: “The tower height of 75 meters is strongly recommended by the turbine manufacturers in this location.

“While the tower will be very visible in the flat landscape it would be equally visible were the tower to be slightly smaller.

“As there will only be two turbines and the land around the proposed site is all arable we do not envisage there will be any significant impact on the immediate landscape, and any slight impact that might occur would be outweighed by the benefits of the proposal.”

As part of the plans, the applicant has pledged to donate five per cent of the income generated by the turbines to Stretham and Wilburton parish councils, on an annual basis.

A public consultation was carried out in Stretham in May but the organisers said it was “poorly attended” with only 36 residents coming to view the plans.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

14:39
New Police Commisioner Sir Graham Bright, at South Cambs District Council offices, Cambourne

Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright is publically supporting four bids into a £5 million fund to support victims of sexual abuse.

13:09
The ram raid at the Tesco Express in Taverham. Picture: Eastern Region Special Operations Unit.

Five men who stole more than £400,000 following a string of cash machine ram raids and burglaries in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire have been jailed for a total of 22 years.

15:18
Cycling hero Erwin Vervecken visits Thorpe Hall, Peterborough

Former world champion Erwin Vervecken joined a cycling journalists and ambassadors to ride on the route of the Tour of Cambridgeshire, the first UCI World Cycling Tour to be held in the UK.

Yesterday, 12:43
Stephen Talbot

A former police chaplain who downloaded indecent images of children smashed his computer’s hard drive and dropped parts in bins in Soham and Ely on the night before police arrived to arrest him.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition today E-edition