An action group has been set up to oppose plans for a wind farm in Rutland.
A public consultation into the plans by renewable energy company SSE to put up to 22 130 metre high wind turbines on land between Stretton, Clipsham and Tixover were held at the beginning of March.
No2Wind involving residents of neighbouring villages and environmental groups such as the Rutland branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has been set up to campaign against the plans. It claims the turbines will be seen as far away as Rutland Water.
Rutland County Council is due to decide on plans for a meteorological mast to measure wind power the Woolfox site in the next couple of weeks.
Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rutland England in Rutland Julian Lessey, from Stretton, said: “Besides up to 22 wind turbines higher than St Paul’s there would be 10m wide spine roads; seven-metre wide access tracks with drainage; a site-control building up to 400 sqm; crane hard-standing areas each about 1,500 sqm; and a permanent wind-measuring mast.
“In the 1970s Rutland, the smallest county in England, was persuaded to give up over 3,000 acres of its countryside in the wider interest of a reservoir.
“Now the smallest county is again being asked to give up a substantial chunk of its countryside, this time for one of the biggest on-shore wind farms in England.”
SSE project manager, Paul Carvey, said: “We are pleased that members of the public have taken the time to come and speak with us to find out more about our initial plans
“A wide range of views have been expressed through our questionnaires and we will be reviewing the comments and holding a further round of public exhibitions as the project progresses.”
For more information on the campaign visit www.stop-woolfox-wind-farm.co.uk
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