Plans to add seven more turbines to the county’s only wind farm have been submitted, but villagers say the 100 metre-high turbines will be too close to their homes.
Burton Wold Wind Farm in Burton Latimer could be extended to 17 turbines after plans were put forward.
The £15m project could see the additional turbines providing electricity for a further 7,200 homes in Kettering borough over 25 years.
The turbines would be sited less than a mile from Cranford and Burton Latimer.
Burton Wold Wind Farm Extension Ltd has applied for planning permission for the extension and managing director Stuart Beaty, who owns the land, said: “There’s a definite need for renewable energy; the Government is pushing for more turbines.
“This area has been described as a semi-industrial landscape and the existing turbines seem to have been accepted by most people.
“We thought it would be worthwhile to extend the wind farm and this could see it supplying 40 per cent of the borough’s residential energy, making it one of the greenest boroughs in the country.”
He added: “There have a been a few teething problems with the existing wind turbines; they have had to be switched on and off while services are carri
He said the new turbines will have a higher output than the existing ones, which supplied electricity to about 8,000 homes last year.
Mr Beaty said they would consider adding even more turbines to the wind farm in the future, depending on public reaction.
Joy Beeby is a resident of Cranford and a member of the parish council. She said: “I am not at all keen. I’m not anti-wind farms but I think that Cranford has enough to put up with at the moment with the threat of thousands of homes being built near the village.
“These turbines would be so close to our homes and I don’t think it’s the best location for them.”
If the plans are given the go-ahead, construction could start in 18 months.
Cranford Parish Council will consider the plans on Monday at 7.30pm in the village hall.
For more details about the scheme, visit www.kettering.gov.uk, reference KET/2007/1033.
7 December 2007
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