Hereford & Worcester

Vow to fight on against Worcestershire wind farm

Worcestershire residents battling wind farm plans say they will step up their fight now the scheme has been lodged.

Scottish Power wants to erect five turbines on land near Bishampton near the Vale of Evesham and has submitted plans with Wychavon District Council.

But the Vale Villagers Against Scottish Power (VVASP) said it would put its views across at a public consultation.

Scottish Power Renewables said it had been open about its plans for the turbines.

'Regulations outdated'

The application seeks permission for a period of 25 years and would see turbines measuring 80 metres (262ft) to hub and 126.5 metres (415 ft) to blade tip, the council said.

But Tony Waghorn, from VVASP, said council building regulations were outdated and is unhappy at the noise levels.

"The noise limits... were put together in 1997 by the wind industry, by the developers themselves when turbines were no more than probably 40m.

"These turbines are three times the size, three times the blade width."

A spokesman for Scottish Power said they had to comply with a series of noise restrictions and that wind farms were designed to meet them.

The public consultation is open until 31 July.

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