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Stretham wind turbines plan set for refusal

Plans for two wind turbines, with a maximum height of 102 metres, in Stretham are set to be rejected.

Applicant Chris Attle’s proposal, for Red Hill Farm, have been recommended for refusal when it is goes before East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee.

It also included a crane pad/turning area beside each turbine measuring 25 metres by 40 metres and a sub-station. The turbines would be decommissioned after 25 years.

However, the proposal has been opposed by several councillors, as well as Stretham Parish Council, Haddenham Parish Council, Soham Town Council, Wentworth Parish Council and Waterbeach Parish Council.

Stertham Parish Council said the turbines would have a “visual impact”, causing noise pollution and falling house prices. East Cambridgeshire already has “more than enough” renewable energy, they said.

Officers have cited seven different reasons to refuse the plans: Landscape and visual amenity, cultural heritage, aviation (the turbines would be near Mitchells Farm Airfield), ecology, traffic and transportation, flood risk and pollution, and (lack of) support of the local community.

Officers said: “The council is not satisfied that the planning impacts in relation to landscape and visual amenity, cultural heritage, aviation safety, ecology, traffic and transportation and flood risk, hydrology and pollution have been satisfactorily addressed.

“It has not been established that the harm this application would cause has been outweighed by community benefit.”