Wind turbine appeal gets underway

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A PLANNING appeal over wind turbines near Daventry got underway on Tuesday.

The inquiry into five 125-metre turbines on land at Watford Lodge started at Daventry District Council’s offices.

It comes after the developer, Volkswind, appealed against Daventry District Council’s refusal to grant planning permission in April.

At the time the council said the scheme, on land between Watford, Crick and West Haddon, would be “destructive, intrusive and oppressive” on nearby homes, would impact on the nearby Watford Park and its designated ancient monument, and that there was a lack of concrete plans on how to get the large turbine parts to the site.

However, DDC’s planning committee has since withdrawn is objection about traffic after Volkswind agreed a new route for heavy loads – leaving the M1 at Crick, travelling down the A5 then cutting through Watford Gap and the main village to get to the site.

The district council, parish councils, local groups and individuals, plus the developer are expected to give evidence.

The inquiry is expected to run into late next week.