MARSHLAND: Councillors are recommended to object to plans for a wind farm

PUBLISHED: 11:37 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

COUNCILLORS are being recommended to object to plans for a wind farm in the Fens. West Norfolk Council is one of a number of organisations being consulted by the government, before it decides whether to allow the scheme at Marshland St James to go ahead.

COUNCILLORS are being recommended to object to plans for a wind farm in the Fens.

West Norfolk Council is one of a number of organisations being consulted by the government, before it decides whether to allow the scheme at Marshland St James to go ahead.

A report to the authority's development control board says: "The board is recommended to object to the proposal on the grounds of the impact of the scheme on the landscape, noise and disturbance to residents, the impact on the local highway network and the impact on ecology."

If built, the report says the farm's 19 turbines would generate enough electricity to power 28,000 homes.

But it concludes that the structures would have a negative impact on the landscape and be "detrimental to the appearance of the countryside and visual amenity of the residents in the locality".

The report says in a parish survey in Marshland St James, 186 people were against the wind farm, 54 supported it and 29 did not have a view either way.

Conservation groups natural England, the RSPB and CPRE all objected, along with local protest group FLAT (Fenland Landscape Against Turbines). FLAT says the development is "totally out of scale" with the surrounding villages and will have a significant visual impact up to 10km away.

Cambridgeshire Environmental and Wildlife Protection adds: "The landscape and skyline surrounding the development will be devastated by industrial development of this scale in a rural setting and

destroy precious residential amenity."

The report to councillors says insufficient information has been submitted to show nearby homes would not be subjected to "unreasonable" noise, and the impact on the scheme on local roads or wildlife.

Councillors meet on Wednesday to discuss the wind farm.


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