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MP Sir Jim Paice speaks up over Berry Fen Wind Farm plans

Erecting four wind turbines on the outskirts of Haddenham would “substantially alter the fabric of the local area”.

That’s the message from Sir Jim Paice, MP for South East Cambridgeshire, who has formally objected to the proposed Berry Fen Wind Farm.

Sir Jim said: “This is not about the rights or wrongs of onshore wind farms. The problem in this case is that the proposed site is simply far too close to residential property.

“The development would also result in a loss of prime agricultural land and would substantially alter the fabric of the local area.”

As previously reported, REG Windpower wants to build four wind turbines at Berry Fen – land in between the villages of Haddenham and Aldreth.

The height of each turbine would be 130m if the scheme is approved.

REG Windpower says the new turbines could provide enough renewable energy to power 4,500 homes but protestors, who have formed the Stop Berry Wind Farm campaign, say the turbines will “destroy the peace and tranquility” of the area, “wreak havoc” on local wildlife and have a detrimental impact on local property prices.

Richard Parkes, from the group, said: “We are delighted that Sir Jim has taken the time to visit the proposed wind turbine site and that he opposes the plans which, if successful, would destroy the tranquillity and aspect of our beautiful countryside.”

A screening opinion for the scheme has been submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council and it is they who have the final say.