Green light for village turbines

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A DEVELOPER insists two wind turbines will generate enough energy to be viable.

The 110 metre turbines were given approval at a Daventry District Council planning meeting last week, despite objections from local people.

Richard Mardon, chief executive of Airvolution which is behind the scheme, said: “We are delighted especially as the power generated by these turbines will go to Butcher’s Pet Care which is a good local business.”

Residents criticised the plans stating the wind speed makes the turbines inefficent.

However, Mr Mardon believes the turbines can generate the necessary power.

He added: “The wind speed is good for the area and I am confident this will be very successful.

“I think we have come up with a good scheme and I think that shows because the committee could find no planning reasons to disapprove of it.”

He is hopeful the new turbines will be generating power by the second half of 2013.

Wind farm campaigner Adrian Snook said at the meeting: “This is just another wind farm in addition to the several turbines which are either planned or being given approval.

“When is the cumulative effect enough for these communities?

“ These turbines will degrade the regional amenity.”

However, councillors reluctantly accepted the proposal.

Cllr Diana Osborne said: “I can’t see a good planning reason why we can refuse this scheme even though I am against it.”

Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris, Crick Parish Council and villagersall argued against the scheme and the impact it would have on the landscape.

n The Yelvertoft wind farm, consisting of eight 125-metre turbines, will begin construction in June.

The scheme which was given planning permission by the planning inspectorate, is due to be finished before February next year.