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Angry storm blowing in across Vale

A windfarm of six turbines could be built in “the rural heart of Marston Vale” after a planning application was submitted this week.

FCC Environment has put plans to Central Beds Council to install six industrial grade wind turbines that will stand at around 270 feet high.

If it goes ahead the windfarm will be built at an FCC former landfill site at Woburn Road, Brogborough, which is currently closed and is undergoing restoration.

The proposal is being heavily opposed by community action group Against Cranfield Turbines.

Group chairman and Central Beds Councillor Sue Clark said: “FCC Environment have submitted a planning application to install six turbines in the rural heart of the Marston Vale, directly affecting a thousand homes in the villages of Cranfield, Marston Moretaine and Lidlington.”

“This is a very worrying day for the Marston Vale.

“It is the wrong place for wind turbines. We cannot find another example in the UK of turbines being proposed to be sited so close to so many people. We fear the visual and noise disruption will be overwhelming.’

Mrs Clark added that the turbines would be scattered in three groups around the edge of the site that would directly affect public rights of way and public amenity.

She sad: “ Cranfield village in particular will be at eye height with the rotating turbine blades, which will be overwhelming.”

Alan Bulpin, planning and estates manager at FCC Environment, said: “FCC Environment is committed to reducing the reliance on fossil fuels for the generation of electricity and looking for new ways to generate renewable energy such as wind power in line with central Government objectives. The UK is signed up to the EU Renewable Energy Directive, which means 30% of all electricity generated in the UK is to come from renewable sources.

“Therefore, we are hoping to use suitable waste management sites around the country to erect wind turbines to generate green electricity.

“The proposed height of each turbine at our Brogborough site is 90m to the hub and the blades are 30m long which is standard for wind turbines.”

People can see the full application at Wootton Library.”