[See below for reply from Against Subsidized Windfarms Around Rugby.]
A leading renewable energy company has announced that it plans to create a wind farm north of Rugby.
Independent renewable energy company RES said it hopes to develop a wind farm on a site that lies to the north of the village of Churchover and west of the A5 between Rugby and Lutterworth.
The option to develop the site previously rested with SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy) and was subject to a planning application for a nine turbine wind farm, known as Bransford Bridge, in 2011.
The application was turned down by Rugby Borough Council and, following a review of its UK portfolio, SSE decided not to pursue the application any further.
However, RES had also identified the site’s renewable energy potential and has decided to acquire it from SSE.
Dan Patterson, RES project manager, said: “There are a number of factors that make this site a good choice for a wind farm, including excellent wind resource, good transport links and an available grid connection.
“On the other hand, we know that the previous proposals raised concerns about impacts on local people and the local environment. We have therefore gone back to first principles and want to develop an entirely new wind farm proposal that balances the need to create more sustainable and reliable sources of renewable energy with local concerns.”
The new proposal, known as Swift Wind Farm, will see the number of turbines proposed for the site drop from nine to four, allowing them to be positioned at a greater distance from neighbouring communities.
Government wind modelling data suggests that this is sufficient renewable electricity to meet the average needs of at least 5,500 homes.
As a completely new proposal, Swift Wind Farm is currently in the pre-submission phase. As part of this early stage, RES has submitted a scoping request to Rugby Borough Council to seek their guidance regarding the detailed investigations that would be required to support a formal planning application.
The company will also undertake public consultation with a wide range of stakeholders; including the local planning authority, parish councils, organisations like the RSPB and Natural England, community groups and local residents.
Mr Patterson said: “As a responsible developer, RES is committed to open and honest dialogue with local communities and those who represent them. Over the coming months, we will undertake a comprehensive programme of public consultation – including public exhibitions, meetings with community representatives and organisations, newsletters, and a project website – to enable local people to understand our proposals and comment upon them. We will be in touch with people living near the site very soon with more information about when and how they can learn about Swift Wind Farm, and giving contact details so they can ask us any questions they may have.”
Feedback from stakeholders will be taken into consideration when preparing the planning application.
On current timescales, RES predicts that a formal planning application for Swift Wind Farm will be submitted later this year.
Press release from Against Subsidized Windfarms Around Rugby
The massive Robert McAlpine building and construction Group has announced it intends to submit new wind turbine proposals to be called Swift Wind Farm, north of Churchover.
Following a hurriedly arranged, well attended, community meeting the following letter was sent to local politicians:
We are coming under attack for a second time. We appeal to you our political representatives around Rugby to be ready to help us again.
We, the community around Churchover are again the victims of the wind turbine subsidy scam.
John Hayes, when Energy Minister, said there are enough wind turbines built or been given planning permission already to meet the EU directive on renewable energy.
The economic scam of wind turbines increases electricity bills, undermines the competitiveness of British industry, drives jobs off-shore and ordinary people into fuel poverty.
There are no rational reasons why any more intermittent, anti-environmental, wind turbines need to be built.
It is pure greed that this company RES, a subsidiary of the massive Robert McAlpine Construction Group and the land owners wish to farm and cash-in on wind subsidies.
From a local point of view, the community with over 90% against the turbines, fought for two years and defeated Scottish and Southern (now called SSE and recently fined £10m for mis-selling), one of the UK’s largest energy companies.
People are devastated that another company has the arrogance to tell us that it is for our own good that they want to ruin a conservation village with a listed church that has dominated the meandering swift valley, Warwickshire heritage beauty spot for over 1000 years, with industrial turbines five times the height of the church spire.
Why should a small community be bullied for a second time, just because there is a cheap Grid connection locally that will increase the profits of this major building group when they concrete across the green fields with their environmentally unfriendly industrial turbines?
They want to put us all through the agony and worry over the health hazards of low frequency infra-sound. It is important that Rugby Borough Council considers a precautionary minimum 2Km set-back policy between tall turbines from homes to protect Borough residents.
Though we feel physically sick from the trauma all over again we are confident this small threatened community will pull together and with the help of friends across the nation, will defeat these arrogant, greedy people.
In the interim any queries or support should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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