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Sheltered home cuts spark fear from residents  

Credit:  Emily Nice, www.cambridge-news.co.uk 27 October 2011 ~~

A new windfarm with up to five turbines 100 metres high could be built in Litlington.

A public exhibition of the proposed scheme on land owned by Highfield Farm, near the A505, will take place on Monday after letters were distributed to more than 200 homes in the area this week.

The project would also contain an anemometry mast of 60 metres and substation of four by six metres as well as underground cabling.

It is the latest in a long line of windfarm applications in the local area, including one in nearby Heydon as well as Ely, Huntingdon and St Neots.

Applicant Ralph Parker, whose family have owned the land for 40 years, wrote to residents saying he created the Highfield Wind Energy Limited company, to help “combat climate change at a local level”.

He has also already undertaken an Environmental Impact Assessment on the surrounding area.

But not all residents are happy about the proposals.

Ron Mancey, 65, of Cockhall Close, Litlington, said: “I think it is a bad idea.

“Litlington isn’t a very big place after all.”

The former aircraft design engineer added: “It is also close to the A505 and could distract drivers, when we already have lots of accidents on that road.”

Mr Parker added in his letter to residents: “I created Highfield Wind Energy Limited to provide a means for the farm to diversify for the future as well as to make a contribution to combat climate change at a local level.

“In this regard, I have been working with Engena Limited to plan a wind farm best suited to the existing environment.

“We have under

Wind turbines plan for village

A NEW windfarm with up to five turbines 100 metres high could be built in Litlington.

A public exhibition of the proposed scheme on land owned by Highfield Farm, near the A505, will take place on Monday after letters were distributed to more than 200 homes in the area this week.

The project would also contain an anemometry mast of 60 metres and substation of four by six metres as well as underground cabling.

It is the latest in a long line of windfarm applications in the local area, including one in nearby Heydon as well as Ely, Huntingdon and St Neots.

Applicant Ralph Parker, whose family have owned the land for 40 years, wrote to residents saying he created the Highfield Wind Energy Limited company, to help “combat climate change at a local level”.

He has also already undertaken an Environmental Impact Assessment on the surrounding area.

But not all residents are happy about the proposals.

Ron Mancey, 65, of Cockhall Close, Litlington, said: “I think it is a bad idea.

“Litlington isn’t a very big place after all.”

The former aircraft design engineer added: “It is also close to the A505 and could distract drivers, when we already have lots of accidents on that road.”

Mr Parker added in his letter to residents: “I created Highfield Wind Energy Limited to provide a means for the farm to diversify for the future as well as to make a contribution to combat climate change at a local level.

“In this regard, I have been working with Engena Limited to plan a wind farm best suited to the existing environment.

“We have undertaken a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment to thoroughly assess the potential effects and benefits of such a proposal and we believe that this area provides significant potential for a development of this kind.”

A spokesman for South Cambridgeshire District Council confirmed that an application had not yet been submitted.

For more information visit www.highfieldwindenergy.co.uk

:: The exhibition will be held on Monday at Litlington village hall from 3pm until 7pm.

Source:  Emily Nice, www.cambridge-news.co.uk 27 October 2011

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