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Energy company eyes a new wind farm site  

A wind farm could be built near Linton, the News can reveal.

Independent energy company Enertrag UK Ltd is exploring the possibility of putting eight turbines on land south west of the village.

No planning application has been submitted yet, but the company has been looking at the site for nine to 12 months and has now asked South Cambridgeshire District Council to provide an opinion.

The maximum height of the turbines would be 125 metres, and each would be expected to generate between two and three megawatts of electricity.

The news comes just a week after the council’s planning committee turned down an application from Renewable Energy Systems Ltd for 13 turbines, 120 metres high, at Wadlow Farm near West Wratting. Plans for 15 turbines 100 metres high at Boxworth were rejected by a planning inspector in January.

Enertrag generates electricity from renewable sources only and operates more than 380 wind turbines, generating enough electricity for the household needs of one million people.

David Linley, manager of projects, said: “At the present stage we are investigating the possibility. We’ve submitted some documentation and requested a scoping report from the council.

“It’s dependent on numerous things. This site has been looked at for round about nine to 12 months.

“It’s very, very early stages.”

Mr Linley said the company was not investigating any other sites in the area.

RES Ltd said it had identified seven possible sites in South Cambridgeshire for a wind farm, although Wadlow Farm remained its preferred choice.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) as Local Planning Authority, has received a request for guidance on the preparation of an environmental impact assessment for an eight-turbine wind farm on land to the south-west of Linton.

“The request has been submitted by Enertrag UK Ltd. The request is for SCDC to provide a scoping opinion under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999.

“Enertrag anticipates that each would have a hub height of up to 85 metres and a rotor diameter of up to 90 metres. The maximum height of the structures is anticipated to be in the order of 125 metres.

“The council has consulted local parish councils and other affected Councils and organisations in preparing the scoping opinion, taking into account the environmental features likely to be affected by the development.”

Cambridge Evening News

18 June 2007

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