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Coming soon: Help on writing letters for Willow Farm/ French Farm

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We are currently trying to put together some information to support those of you who wish to comment upon the French Farm/ Willow Farm sites.

We will try to get this organised by the end of the week.

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  1. HI EVERYONE I HAVE PUT TOGETHER A LETTER TO PROTEST AGAINST THE TURBINES AT WILLOW HALL. PLEASE USE IT TO SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS TO AMANDA McSHERRY AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

    REGARDS

    DAVID FOVARGUE

    Amanda McSherry
    Planning Dept
    Stewart House East Wing
    St Johns Street
    Peterborough
    PE1 5DD

    RE. Willow Hall Farm, Willow Hall Lane, Thorney, Peterborough.

    Application 14/01136/FUL

    Dear Miss McSherry

    I am writing to register the strongest possible objection to the proposed wind turbines at Willow Hall Thorney because it will significantly impact upon the landscape and the character of our unique Fenland. Furthermore the cumulative impact of wind turbines needs to be considered. With over 140 wind turbines being planned in this area there is a real and serious threat to destroying the historic landscape of the area and archaeology which predates the Bronze Age. Cambridge University have in the past recommended extensive archaeological work being carried out before any development of this sort can begin in these areas. Moreover, the applicant does not seem to have submitted photographic evidence demonstrating the impact of the development upon the historic landscape, this should be submitted as part of the application. Much of the estimated impact is based upon the applicants’ opinion.

    This area is well known for its wildlife. It is close to many Country Wildlife Sites and with numerous hedgerows and drains in the area there are significant threats to protected species such as birds, reptiles and insects. Whilst mitigation can take place the huge number of applications in the area will make relocation of these species a significant challenge to the applicant. Moreover with so many applications gaining approval the mitigation conditions are going to challenge the Planning Control Department to uphold. I have serious concerns that rare species and flora will be destroyed and that the bio-diversity will be destroyed. In particular the Red Kites that fly in this area. Wind turbines of 130 metres will invade their flying space and present a significant threat to their existence.

    The resonant noises associated with such developments can have a detrimental effect on wildlife and local residents. The potential disturbance to the local environment the light deprivation, flicker, noise and health hazards associated with wind turbines pose a significant risk upon local residents.

    The taking out of rich arable land when the city’s population is growing by thousands every year is morally unacceptable. The soil we have in the proposed areas is some of the best and most productive in the country. We need as much agricultural land as possible to produce the food we need. The reclassification of this land which will be needed to allow the scheme to go ahead will allow developers easier access to agricultural land and turn it into house building developments. THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. I urge the planning committee to read the councils local plans which states:

    PLANNING PERMISSION WILL NOT BE GRANTED WHERE DEVELOPMENT WOULD LEAD TO THE LOSS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND OF GRADES 1, 2 AND 3A EXCEPT WHERE THERE IS AND OVERRIDING NEED AND THERE IS NO OTHER SUITABLE SITE FOR THE SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENT

    The construction of this solar farm will require heavy traffic which will damage local roads and disrupt residents quality of life. Willow Hall Lane is totally unsuitable for heavy traffic. It is narrow with 90 degree bends. It is impractical for turbine blades of the size required for the 130 metre turbines to be transported along this narrow country thoroughfare.

    The cumulative impact damage to the lane and verges already unsuitable for heavy vehicles would also make this road unsafe to other road users.

    Willow Hall a listed building and Thorney Abbey will be completely dwarfed by these turbines. The planning Department should also consider the impact these turbines have on the value of properties within the location. House prices are significantly diminished when a wind turbine is sited nearby. Even the treat of a wind turbine being built nearby will devalue a home significantly and in many cases make it impossible to sell and therefore worthless. No organisation / company should be allowed to render a family home worthless in the name of profit. E.G. When the wind turbine was proposed at Milking Nook a Lady trying to sell her home was informed by the estate agent that even the proposal could devalue her home by £50,000.

    A National News paper reported recently the concerns that wind farms are being given around 30 million a year in compensation to switch off or slow down their turbines because half the electricity they make is not needed as the national grid is unable to cope with the extra power produced in high winds or periods of low demand. It would be unethical for these turbines to be given planning permission if there is the slightest possibility they could be switched off in the future.

    IT IS TIME PEOPLE CAME BEFORE PROFIT.

    As the Rt Hon Eric Pickles, Minister for Communities and Local Government, States:

    “The need for renewable energy does not automatically override the environmental protections and planning concerns of local communities and that local topography should be a factor in assessing whether wind turbines have a damaging impact on the landscape.”

    There is no doubt they do.

    To conclude the impact of this proposal far outweighs the benefits and I urge the Planning Committee to Stop the destruction of the East of Peterborough by rejection this application.

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