STOP Wadlow Wind Farm (SWWF)campaign group is gearing up for another battle after Renewable Energy Systems (RES) announced it is to appeal against the planning application refusal made by South Cambridgeshire Council in June 2007.
RES is proposing to build a 13-turbine wind farm at Wadlow Farm, between West Wratting and Balsham, with each one standing at 120 metres tall.
SWWF helped persuade councillors it was not the right move when the application went before South Cambridgeshire Council’s planning committee last June but RES is adamant Wadlow Farm is the right place for this development.
Jacqui Burke, secretary of SWWF, strongly rejected this claim and said: “Our position is absolutely unchanged.
“This is a totally inappropriate location for an industrialised development.”
Annette Deveson, project manager at RES, said: “The reality is that regional targets for renewable energy are not likely to be met by 2010 and therefore wind farms such as Wadlow Farm are urgently needed to help the east of England play its part in tackling climate change.
“By refusing this wind farm, South Cambridgeshire has effectively closed the door on all wind farms in their district, and we do not believe that this is the right thing to do at a time when concerns about fossil fuels are increasing.”
By Derek Bish
8 January 2008
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