FENLAND: Concern over turbines in the district

I NOTE that planning committee chairman, Cllr Martin Curtis, is unhappy with the planning inspector s decision to allow the Anglian Water s turbine to be built. Cllr Curtis states that this turbine does have a cumulative impact and therefore the appeal sh

I NOTE that planning committee chairman, Cllr Martin Curtis, is unhappy with the planning inspector's decision to allow the Anglian Water's turbine to be built.

Cllr Curtis states that this turbine does have a cumulative impact and therefore the appeal should have been dismissed.

I agree with him, but why did his committee, when considering this application, then go on to approve a further seven turbines at the adjacent wind farm at Coldham?

Surely seven turbines would have a far greater cumulative impact that just one.


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What makes the whole situation absolutely farcical is that the report to the planning committee actually recommended approval as it considered the AW turbine to only have limited cumulative impact and that was based upon the council's recently commissioned Wind Turbine Development Study.

Cllr Curtis goes on to state that "This is a disgusting decision and a real kick in the teeth for the people of Fenland whose attitude towards wind farms have been totally responsible."

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May I remind Cllr Curtis that the people of Fenland have never had the opportunity to debate the whole question of encouraging wind farms in Fenland.

Even the recent �24,000 Wind Turbine Study is in my opinion somewhat of a disaster.

The whole wind turbine issue in Fenland is a total mess and as a direct result of the council, which went ahead with encouraging wind turbine developers to develop in Fenland without a proper planning policy to control such major developments.

In my view the way our planning authority have handled the development of wind turbines, could well turn out to be one of the biggest planning blunders of all time.

TREVOR WATSON

March

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