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Public inquiry into controversial wind farm opens today  

Credit:  Andrew Dickens, www.cambridge-news.co.uk 16 August 2011 ~~

A public inquiry opens today following a decision by Huntingdonshire District Council to block plans to build a controversial wind farm.

Broadview Energy Developments launched an appeal against the refusal of its plan to build four 410ft wind turbines at Kimbolton.

The scheme was rejected by the district council on the grounds that it contravened local and national planning policies and damaged the cultural heritage of the area.

Developers and campaigners will meet at the district council’s Pathfinder House headquarters this morning for the inquiry which is expected to last until the end of the month.

The wind farm, on land west of the Bicton Industrial Park including the former Kimbolton airfield, was rejected by the council in January.

Martin Patterson, chairman of Stop Bicton Wind Farm, said that his group opposes the farm because it would harm the unspoilt heritage of the area.

He said: “We, along with our local parish councils, Tilbrook, Stow Longa, Kimbolton, Catworth and Perry, all turned it down as did Huntingdonshire District Council.”

Source:  Andrew Dickens, www.cambridge-news.co.uk 16 August 2011

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