Cambridgeshire

Fen towns reject latest wind farm application

Wind turbines
Image caption There will soon be 11 wind farms in the Fens beween Whittlesey, March, Chatteris and Ramsey

Whittlesey and Ramsey town councils have voted against the building of more wind turbines near their towns.

There are eight wind farms in the Cambridgeshire Fens, another one is being built and a further two have received planning consent.

"We're pretty fed-up," said Martin Curtis, a town, district and county councillor for Whittlesey.

"The more we have them, the less opportunity we've got to actually say, 'No, enough's enough'."

He added: "The attitude we've taken in the past to say yes was right, but we've had enough now.

"Wind turbines are starting to dominate the landscape instead of becoming part of it."

But John Dupre, a development manager at Wind Prospect Developments, said many people in the area were not opposed to further wind turbines.

"We believe that by using an existing site we can build on the success of the existing wind farm, while at the same time minimising the impact on the surrounding countryside and communities."

'Hugely detrimental'

Ramsey and Whittlesey town councils are objecting to a proposal by Wind Prospect Developments to expand the wind farm at Glassmoor Bank, which is between the two towns.

It currently has eight turbines with plans to add six more.

Councillor Ian Walker, from Ramsey Town Council, said: "We felt it was far too big a concentration on what is a very exposed site, and it's quite close to the villages of Ramsey Mereside and Pondersbridge, both of which are part of the parish.

"We just felt it would have a hugely detrimental affect on the Fenland scene."

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