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Fears over living in the shadow of the turbines

Villagers who fear their homes could soon look out on to four huge wind turbines have joined forces to object.

Residents from Little Hoole have already held three meetings to discuss the controversial proposals on green belt land.

A public meeting is also planned for next month.

The plan will see four turbines built on land adjoining Wham House Farm, Chestnut House Farm and Moss Farm, all owned by the applicant Harry Sutton.

Almost 50 locals have written to South Ribble Council to register their concerns, with one resident saying that the two tallest turbines, measuring 37m, will be only 300 metres from his home.

David Killen, whose farmhouse on Wham Lane looks onto the site, said that the proximity of the turbines was only one of his objections.

He said: “This isn’t just about the noise and the visual impact, but also the fact that this will be a commercial development on green belt land.

“This area is a peat moss with some areas classed as biological heritage sites.”

Mr Killen said the group was also worried that wildlife would be affected.

He said that bats and owls were known to be affected by the air turbulence. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Martin Mere has also objected and asked that further information is provided on whether geese and swans flying across the site could collide with the turbines.

South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook, who will chair the public meeting, said: “I totally support the residents.

“This will be a blight on the landscape and on green belt land. I wouldn’t want to live beside this, so why should I expect the people that I represent to do so.”

She said that the noise, the unsightly nature of the turbines and the potential damage to wildlife and birds of prey also concerned her.

Mr Sutton, who has applied to South Ribble Council for permission to build the turbines, said he was trying to address his neighbours’ concerns, but he pointed out that the turbines would make his farms carbon neutral.

He said: “We have expansion plans that are dependent on a supply of cheap energy so we can’t go ahead without the turbines.

“Two of these are on land at the farm where I live and impose more on my property than on anyone else’s.”

The public meeting will be held at 7.30pm on September 9 at Walmer Bridge Village Hall. A decision on the turbines is due in the next two months.