Turbines for village to be built in summer

Construction work is due to start in the summer on a controversial wind farm development in Watford.

It is one of four deals nationally announced by Senvion, a wind turbine company based in Hamburg in Germany.

The company is a it is a subsidiary of the Suzlon Group.

Senvion will deliver five turbines for Watford Lodge wind farm.

This farm will generate energy sufficient for more than 5,000 homes. Construction is expected to begin in the summer 2015 and the completion date is planned for autumn of 2015.

Senvion will also provide maintenance service for 15 years.

The application to construct the 125-metre wind turbines was controversial with many suggesting it will have a damaging effect on the landscape.

The Watford Lodge was unanimously rejected by the planning committee at Daventry District Council (DDC) in April 2011.

However the decision of the committee was overturned when Volkswind, which submitted the plans, appealed against the decision made by DDC.

The planning inspector, based in Bristol, made a decision that the benefits of the scheme outweighed the effects the turbines would have had on the landscape and the local area.