Cambridgeshire

Bicton wind farm plan rejection appealed for second time

Bicton wind farm campaign poster
Image caption Campaigners from local villages say they will continue to fight plans for the turbines

A company whose plans for a wind farm in Cambridgeshire have twice been rejected has made a fresh appeal against the latest decision.

Broadview Energy's plans for four turbines at Bicton were rejected by Huntingdonshire District Council, as was their appeal.

Revised plans for three turbines were rejected in September. The company has now appealed that decision.

Campaigners say they will continue to fight the company's proposals.

Broadview's original plans for four 410ft-high (125m) wind turbines were rejected in January 2011.

An appeal was dismissed by the government's planning inspectorate in March 2012.

The company subsequently revised its plans and resubmitted proposals for three turbines. However, the council once again rejected them, saying the turbines would "unacceptably harm" the area.

A Broadview spokesman said the company continued to believe the site was "an appropriate location for a wind farm".

"We have worked hard to address the concerns of the planning inspector and local residents by redesigning the project," he added.

Amy Howard, from the Stop Bicton Wind Farm action group, who have been fighting the plans since 2009, said: "It's disappointing that Broadview are appealing, but we expected it - not because we think they have a good case, but because they won't take no for an answer."

The appeal is expected to be heard in the new year.

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