Campaigners battling against plans to build a wind farm near the villages of Molesworth and Bythorn expect they will have to wait several months before they find out if they have been successful.
A planning appeal by RWE npower renewables has been completed, apart from the submission of closing statements, and a decision will be made by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, later in 2014.
RWE wants to build six 413ft turbines on land between the two villages and appealed because Huntingdonshire District Council had not reached a decision on its planning application.
Lorna Lane-Ley, from the Stop Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group, said: “We can only hope that sense will prevail and that local opinion, which is strongly against this development, will be listened to.
“We do not expect to hear anything for several months.”
She said: “Our barrister, expert witnesses and members of the local community all did a fantastic job in putting across the objections to this scheme.
“Members of the action group committee and members of the public attended every session of the public inquiry – I’m sure the inspector was made well aware of the local opposition to this wind farm.”
She said the community had raised more than £70,000 to contest the proposed development.
Mrs Lane-Ley said the inspector had carried out an accompanied site visit on the last day of the appeal, including the properties which would be most affected if the scheme went ahead.
She said around 60 people were present at an evening session of the appeal and 30 from the local community addressed the inspector.
Dee Nunn, from RWE npower renewables, said: “If granted consent the site has the potential to make an important contribution towards tackling climate change and securing the UK’s energy supply by generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of up to 8,700 average UK households each year.”
She said RWE was an experienced operator and that the site was suitable for a wind farm development.
It would yield contracts worth up to £6.8 million and put up to £1.8 million into the local community over the 25 year life of the wind farm.
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