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Talks on plans for wind farm near Rushton  

Eight wind turbines could be built outside a village if plans are given the go-ahead.
Wind farm development company Infinergy is looking into the possibility of building the 125- metre-high turbines on the outskirts of Rushton.

The turbines could have the capacity to generate power for 8,000 households.

Plans are in the initial stages but the site being considered is the land north of the village, south of Pipewell and close to the Oakley Road to Corby.

It would be called New Albion Wind Farm and the company has submitted a scoping report to Kettering Council.

This will make sure it has all the right information for an environmental impact assessment report before a planning application is put forward.

Infinergy spokesman Rebecca Hendy said: “As with any wind farms there are a number of constraints. Factors taken into account are things like wind speed, available land and wildlife.

“This particular site is suitable for a wind farm and it’s important we speak to people and get their opinions and give them accurate information.

“We won’t be looking to extend the number of wind turbines. We want eight, but that could change.

“We try to design the layout of the site with the least visible impact on residents. We take that very seriously.

“It could involve planting trees to act as screening for those people living closest to the site.”

Vice-chairman of Rushton Parish Council Kevin Abraham said he was keeping an open mind about the proposals.

He said: “We are still waiting to see the documents on the plans.

“We have only recently heard about it and will consider the impact of the turbines, looking at things like whether there’s any noise associated with them.

“It might be worthwhile speaking to people in Burton Latimer as there’s a wind farm there, to get their feedback.”

Northants Evening Telegraph

24 June 2008

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