Berry Fen wind farm - majority are against the plan say protestors

PUBLISHED: 15:09 05 December 2014

Protestors meet at Berry Fen, in Haddenham.

Protestors meet at Berry Fen, in Haddenham.

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Nearly 600 people have objected to plans for a wind farm at Berry Fen, says a protest group.

The proposed farm, between Aldreth and Haddenham, has prompted 591 objections and just 15 in support of the planned development.

Steve Cheetham, co chairman of the Stop Berry Fen Wind Farm group, said: “That means an overwhelming 98% of responses were opposed to the inappropriate siting of industrial wind turbines in that location.

“Added to which, the following statutory consultees and other organisations have also either objected or raised significant concerns regarding the plans submitted by REG Windpower including Cambridgeshire County Council Highway Development Management, Cambridgeshire County Council Archaeology, the Ministry of Defence, English Heritage and The Wildlife Trust.

“This overwhelming number of objections from both individuals and public bodies confirms our strongly held belief that siting industrial sized wind turbines at Berry Fen will damage this unique part of the country economically, environmentally, and aesthetically.

“As a result, the SBFWF Action Group will continue to campaign hard to ensure that the application is rejected.“

REG Windpower submitted its proposals for Berry Fen earlier this year.

The plan was to originally erect four turbines, however, in an effort to win over campaigners, the firm reduced the number of turbines to three – and reduced the proposed height of each turbine from 130m to their tip to 125m instead.

The company says the new turbines could provide enough renewable energy to power 4,500 homes and that a community fund of more than £30,000 a year would be created to support local good causes.

But protestors say the turbines will destroy the tranquillity of the area, harm local wildlife and have a detrimental impact on local property prices.

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