Extra turbines are ‘too much’

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MORE wind turbines could be on the horizon after another company has unveiled proposals for the Daventry area.

Airvolution Energy is looking at putting up two 110-metre tubines on a field between Crick and DIRFT on land immediately south-west of the motorway junction.

Last night (Wednesday) Daventry District Council’s planning committee was expected to approve an application from the company for a wind monitoring mast on the site.

The company also held a public exhibition on its proposals in Crick village hall yesterday afternoon.

John Richards, chairman of Crick Parish Council which has opposed the monitoring mast application, said: “We’re not happy with this application.

“The turbines the company is looking at are 110 metres, but the land they’re planned for is where all the spoil from the construction of DIRFT went so it’s higher ground.

“Many people here accept turbines as almost the modern equivalent of a traditional corn windmill.

“I think many people here would accept we have to take our share of turbines and power generation.

“What we object to is the proliferation of applications in this area.

“There’s something like 16 applications in the M1/A14 area and that really is a bit much.”

At the moment the Yelvertoft Wind Farm to the north of Crick has been given permission on appeal. The Watford Lodge application to the south of the village was turned down by Daventry District Council last month, but there may still be an appeal.

Two 95-metre turbines have also already gone up at warehouse units on DIRFT.

The parish council’s objections include the fact that the land was supposed to be a ‘green belt’ separating Crick village from DIRFT, and that the plans would impact on the historic route of Roman Watling Street which runs alongside the field.

Airvolution says the two turbines have a total indicative capacity of 4MW. The estimated project output is 9GWh per year – enough for 1,800 average homes.