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Villagers show disappointment in turbine plan

Parish councillors in Adderbury have expressed their disappointment after Cherwell District Council allowed two wind turbines to be built on the edge of their village.

Despite letters of objection from both the parish council and concerned villagers, Cherwell district councillors voted for the proposal on land south east of Quarry Farm off Oxford Road at last Thursday’s planning meeting at Bodicote House.

Parish councillors met on Tuesday to discuss the approval and Diane Bratt, chairman of Adderbury Parish Council, said: “We were all absolutely unanimous in voting against this proposal.

“We felt it was in the wrong location and will be a blight on the countryside, which includes Adderbury Lakes.

“We are disappointed the council has gone ahead with this and felt there was no consultation with the village at all.”

Each turbine will measure 35 metres in height and is in support of Government’s guidelines to contribute to renewable energy targets.

They will generate an estimated 205,000kWh of energy each year and, combined, will produce the annual electricity supply for about 125 homes.

They will be situated about 100 metres apart and lie about 300 metres to the south east of Quarry Farm Yard, accessed by the Oxford Road. Work must begin within three years.

Bob Duxbury, Cherwell’s development control team leader, said: “The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework guidelines direct that local authorities should recognise that even small-scale projects provide a valuable contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and should be supported unless there are significant reasons not to.

“With this in mind, the 
benefits of the proposed turbines are considered acceptable.

“While we do acknowledge the turbines would be visible they would not cause undue harm to the character or visual appearance of the landscape, and any harm is outweighed by the benefits of this scheme.”