Kent

Sellindge wind farm plans dismay residents

Computer-generated image of the wind turbines on the edge of Sellindge
Image caption The wind turbines would be seen for a radius of 10 miles and supply electricity for 12,000 homes

Plans for a wind farm on the edge of a Kent village have angered residents who say it will blight their lives.

Six wind turbines standing at 410ft (125m) tall would be located on the border of Sellindge with the neighbouring parish of Lympne.

The energy company behind the plans, Ecotricity, estimates they will provide electricity for nearly 12,000 homes.

Ronald Lello, of Sellindge Residents' Association, said: "Wherever you go, you're going to see them."

He added: "The constant movement of machines going round and round... and they dominate, intrude into people's homes."

Ecotricity has applied for planning permission for the turbines, which would be seen for a radius of 10 miles (16km).

'Blight the community'

Campaigners against the proposal say the turbines would adversely affect the landscape, create noise pollution and reduce the value of their homes.

They have the backing of the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins.

He said while accepting the need to generate green power, the role for wind energy in particular was in large offshore wind farms

"These small sites with a relatively small number of turbines don't really make a big contribution to our need for green energy.

"What they do do is blight the community where they're located," he said.

Ecotricity said it had received both objections and support for its plans, and had spent more than two years carefully developing the project.

Shepway District Council said it had received 133 objections, but had yet to set a date for the planning hearing.

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