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Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Wed 22 Jul 2009 11:45 am

This should get the NIMBYs in a froth. There will be some good entertainment here. ... -24210309/

"A week after the Government announced plans to make Britain a low-carbon nation, sourcing 15 per cent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020, Broadview Energy Ltd has announced it is investigating the feasibility of a small wind farm near Junction 12 of the M40, south of Leamington.

The company has identified the Starbold site, agricultural land near the villages of Knightcote and Bishop’s Itchington, as a possible location for up to six turbines and wants to carry out technical and environmental studies over the next six to eight months......................more"
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Fri 24 Jul 2009 8:20 am

Consultation website:

"Welcome to the Starbold Windfarm online consultation website
Thank you for your interest in our proposed wind farm located between the village of Knightcote and the M40 motorway. The website provides information on our proposed wind farm, background on Broadview Energy, general information about wind power generation and importantly an opportunity to make your views known.
Broadview are currently investigating the opportunity for developing a small wind farm on agricultural land. Environmental studies are on-going and the possibility of erecting an anemometry mast to monitor wind speeds is being considered.
This website is designed to keep you up to date with the project. If you have any questions not addressed by this website please get in touch with us and we will do our best to answer them."

"Have Your Say
Broadview carries out public consultation on the proposal through a variety of means:
Dedicated project website
This dedicated website will be updated on a continuous basis as the project develops. As part of the development process, photomontages of the proposed final layout will be prepared. These will be added to an interactive map to enable you to view the project from different view points.
Email alerts will be sent to all registered users to keep them informed of website updates (please click here to register).
Local meetings
Information will be conveyed to members of the local community, through meetings with interested individuals, Parish and District Councillors.
Public consultation events
As part of our planning process, we hold public consultations in the area. These events will be open to the whole community to come and see our plans. The Broadview team, alongside the independent project consultants, are available to answer questions. Dates of these events will be posted on our community page on this website.
Any queries or requests for additional information should be addressed to: Lisa Ross, Community Relations Manager, Broadview Energy Limited, The Old Power Station, 121 Mortlake High Street, London, SW14 8SN."


For more information on wind energy see the links below:

Wind Energy Associations Websites

The British Wind Energy Association:

The European Wind Energy Association:

Information Websites

Sustainable Development Commission's research into wind power:

Friends of the Earth Wind Power fact sheet visit

Embrace the Revolution's website

Yes2Wind's website

Pro Wind Alliance Website - ProWA aims to provide objective information, backed by sound research and references.

Danish Wind Energy Association - Educational site for children (and for the young at heart)

Technical Document Links

Guidance on noise assessment for onshore wind developments:

The assessment and rating of noise from wind farms’, ETSU-R-97, by the Working Group on Noise from Wind Turbines (Final Report, September 1996). Available at: ... 21743.html

Guidance on planning for onshore wind developments:

PPS 22 and Companion Guide. Available at: ... 28382.html

Developers Website

Broadview Energy:
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Fri 24 Jul 2009 8:26 am

It didn't take long: ...

"............residents in Knightcote, which is around a mile from the proposed site, are already forming an opposition group.
George Wood used to work for National Grid as an expert in power station operations.
The 68-year-old said: "These turbines would be around 450 ft high and one mile away from the village. Can you imagine that being imposed on a small hamlet with 69 houses?
"It would be a blot on the landscape and an eyesore and the economic benefit would be miniscule.
"Everybody who I have spoken to would be totally opposed to having these wind turbines located there.".............."I am not opposed to wind energy, but this is the wrong location.................more"
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Fri 31 Jul 2009 7:33 am

And in some surprising news: Residents form group to fight south Warwickshire wind farm proposal. ...

"......Residents have already formed an opposition group and plan to send letters to every house in the two villages, as well as Fenny Compton, Northend, Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath, to garner support..........."

To get respect these people really need to disconnect the electricity supply to their homes.
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Fri 31 Jul 2009 11:52 am

A useful NIMBY action group: Villagers Against Inappropriate Turbine Sitings:

And another one: National Alliance of Wind Farm Action Groups (NAWAG): ... opers-688/

And a nice picture:

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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Fri 31 Jul 2009 12:05 pm

Inspiration, a name for the local action group!:

Instead for

They should campaign for one of these at Bishop's Bowl:

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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 1 Aug 2009 2:00 pm

Why Starbold

The site was selected following an extensive search throughout the West Midlands and was chosen on the basis of:

* A suitable wind resource;
* Good road access, the M40 motorway is located within 2km west of the site;
* Adequate distance away from houses;
* Distance from ecologically important designated areas; and
* Robust local electrical infrastructure.

The West Midlands Regional Energy Strategy published in November 2004 includes targets for increasing the use of renewable energy resources and recommends that renewable generation equivalent to 5% of electricity consumption by 2010 and 10% by 2020.

The 2010 target is equivalent to: up to 75 MW of landfill gas fuelled generators, 100 1.5 MW wind turbines and 27 1 MW biomass/biogas powered generators.

The Starbold Windfarm is expected to contribute towards the 100 1.5 MW wind turbine target. Locally the Stratford on Avon District is expected to contribute towards the West Midlands renewable generation targets.
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 1 Aug 2009 3:32 pm

Starbold Windfarm -
Environmental Impact Assessment
Scoping Report ... 202009.pdf

43 pages here including maps for you to print out.
Here is the first bit:

1.1 Background
This Environmental Impact Assessment scoping report relates to a proposal by Broadview
Energy Developments Limited (Broadview Energy) to erect up to six wind turbines and
construct associated infrastructure consisting of: a meteorological mast, site access tracks,
control building/substation, underground cables, temporary hardstanding work areas and a
construction compound.
The site is located within the administrative area of Stratford-on-Avon District Council in
Warwickshire. The turbine locations and infrastructure are proposed on arable farmland.
The village of Knightcote is located to the southeast of the site, with Northend located to
the south, Gaydon to the southwest and Bishop’s Itchington situated to the north. Figure 1
shows the location of the site and study area within which the final wind turbine
development would be located.
Broadview Energy proposes to submit a planning application for the development following
the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and consultation process. This
EIA scoping report is submitted to Stratford-on-Avon District Council (Stratford-on-Avon
DC) with the intention that they should engage relevant stakeholders prior to the adoption
of a formal Scoping Opinion.
Broadview Energy is investing in renewable energy generation across the UK that will feed
into the Government’s renewable energy targets, contribute towards the country’s energy
self sufficiency and lead to reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. To date, Broadview
Energy has gained consent for and commenced construction of the Hill of Fiddes Wind
Farm in Aberdeenshire. Three other wind farm proposals, Seamer Wind Farm (located
across the administrative boundaries of Stockton-on-Tees Borough and Hambleton District,
North Yorkshire), Westnewton Wind Farm (Allerdale Borough, Cumbria) and Low Spinney
Wind Farm (Harborough District, Leicestershire) are currently in the planning process
awaiting determination.
1.2 The Need for an Environmental Impact Assessment
The proposed wind farm development is considered to constitute Schedule 2 development
as defined by The Town & Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England
and Wales) Regulations 1999 (SI No. 293). The proposed development falls under Part 3(i)
of the Schedule as follows:
‘Installations for the harnessing of wind power for energy production (wind farms) [in
which] the development involves the installation of more than 2 turbines; or the hub
height of any turbine or height of any other structure exceeds 15 metres’.
These regulations are supplemented by “Circular 02/99: Environmental Impact
Assessment” (published by the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister [OPDM], March
1999), which states that:
‘The likelihood of significant effects will generally depend upon the scale of the
development, and its visual impact, as well as potential noise impacts. EIA is more
likely to be required for commercial developments of five or more turbines, or more
than 5 MW of new generating capacity.’
As this proposed development relates to up to six turbines, each with an installed
generating capacity of between 2 and 3 Mega Watts (MW), Broadview Energy has made the
decision to undertake a full EIA and submit an Environmental Statement (ES) with the
planning application.
1.3 EIA and Scoping
This document does not seek to assess the environmental effects of the proposed
development. Rather, in accordance with Regulation 10 of The Town & Country Planning
(Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (hereon known
as the EIA Regulations), this report provides information on the nature of the proposed
development. The main objectives of this Scoping Request are:
• To engage stakeholders at an early stage of the proposed development so that
they may contribute their views and provide relevant information;
• To define the scope of the EIA which will accompany any planning application;
• To identify the potential significant and non-significant environmental effects of
the proposed development; and
• To define the methodologies to be used in the EIA to assess these effects.
In accordance with Regulation 10, this Scoping Request is submitted to Stratford-on-Avon
DC with the intention that it should assist in forming the basis of their Scoping Opinion. In
addition, local people, local organisations and other stakeholders are invited to comment
on the issues raised in this Scoping Report, including comments on the effects to be
assessed and the methodologies to be used.
1.4 Public Consultation
Consultation and community involvement are very important elements of the project
development process. “Planning Policy Statement 22: Renewable Energy” (OPDM, 2004),
encourages developers to foster community involvement. As part of the development
process Broadview Energy hereby commits to engage with the local community by way of
timely and meaningful public consultation.
Whilst the exact format of such consultation is yet to be determined, Broadview Energy
considers it essential that the local community be given the opportunity to consider the
project in detail, deliver feedback and anticipate Broadview Energy to address their
concerns where practicable.
As part of this process Broadview Energy intends to undertake the following to ensure the
local community is aware of the company and to provide information, answer questions
and receive feed back about the proposed development:
• Issue regular newsletters to the local community;
• Hold ‘drop in’ public consultation evenings;
• Provide a dedicated project website ( with a
facility to answer questions and receive feed back;
• Arrange meetings, as appropriate, with local community elected bodies, local
groups and local residents;
• Arrange, if appropriate, trips to an operational wind farm;
• Advertise events in the local press and, if appropriate, on local radio and TV
• Hold a public exhibition of its proposed planning submission.
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 1 Aug 2009 3:37 pm

Another good bit:

This section provides a brief summary of the proposed development for which Broadview
Energy will seek planning permission, as well as the location proposed for the
development. The design is still at a preliminary stage and will be further defined in
conjunction with the EIA process. However, there is sufficient detail to allow definition of
the key environmental topics and issues that will need to be addressed by the EIA.
3.1 The Site and Locality
The site is located in Warwickshire between the villages of Knightcote to the southeast,
Northend to the south, Gaydon to the southwest and Bishop’s Itchington to the north. The
approximate Ordnance Survey grid reference for the site centre is SP 384 551. The location
of the site within the surrounding area is shown on Figure 1 and the site plan is shown on
Figure 2.
The nearest significant towns are Southam (approximately 6km to the northeast) and
Wellesbourne (just under 10km to the west). There are also several larger towns within
20km of the site, namely, Lemington Spa, Banbury and Stratford-upon-Avon. In addition to
the villages surrounding the site, there are a number of scattered private dwellings and
village communities within the area.
In terms of transport links, the M40 trunk road runs in a southeast-northwest direction
within 1km of the site boundary. A number of good quality minor roads surround the site
connecting the local villages. A minor road runs through the site (east-west) separating it
into two parts. The closest railway lines lie about 2km to the east and 1.5km to the south
of the site. The nearest principal airport is Coventry Airport which is located about 19km
to the north. In addition, Wellesbourne Mountford airfield is situated about 12km to the
west and Turweston airfield is located just under 28km to the southeast.
The site comprises of relatively flat arable farmland with fields separated by a series of
hedgerows and drainage ditches. No public rights of way cross the site, but the Centenary
Way is located just under 0.5km to the west of the site. The Oxford Canal is just less than
5km to the east.
No statutory designations cover the site but the following features are of note within about
3km of the site: Burton Dassett Hills Country Park, Itchington Holt (replanted Ancient
Woodland), Gaydon Coppice (Ancient and Semi-natural Woodland), River Itchen Site of
Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Scheduled Monument ‘Roman Villa north of Ireland
3.2 The Proposed Development
3.2.1 Wind Turbine Specification
The wind turbines proposed for this development have the following specification:
• 2 – 3 MW maximum generating capacity;
• Horizontal axis, upwind;
• A tip height of up to 125m (with a maximum hub height of approximately 80m and
maximum rotor diameter of approximately 90m).
• Three glass fibre blades; and
• Conical steel tower.
3.2.2 Wind Farm Infrastructure
In addition to the wind turbines, the proposed development would include the following
principal elements:
• Meteorological mast: The mast would have a maximum height of approximately
80 metres and would contain anemometry equipment including wind speed and
direction measurement equipment. The data collected would be downloaded
• Control building/Substation: This would house the wind farm switch gear,
protection equipment, metering and control equipment, communication
equipment and any other electrical infrastructure required to operate the wind
• Construction compound: A temporary site compound would be required during
the construction period. This would be used for storage of materials, as well as
containing office and mess facilities. It would also include an area for worker
and visitor parking.
• Access tracks: A series of access tracks would be required to link the wind
turbines to the infrastructure on the site. Existing tracks would be used
wherever possible.
• Underground cables: All onsite electrical infrastructure would consist of
underground cabling. The electrical connections from the wind turbines to the
control building/substation would be buried in trenches running alongside the
site access tracks. Communication links between each wind turbine, the
meteorological mast and the control building/substation would be buried in
trenches alongside the site access tracks.
• Areas of hardstanding: Each turbine would require a temporary work area to
accommodate the crane and turbine components during construction.
The wind farm infrastructure will be located within the site. The locations of the wind
turbines and infrastructure within the site will be determined in the light of the findings of
this scoping exercise, the EIA and on-going consultation.
3.2.3 Site Access
It is likely that access to the site would be from the good quality minor road located in the
centre of the site. Further information on the proposed route to site is provided in Section
3.2.4 Electricity Transmission
The wind turbines would be connected via underground cabling into the control building/
substation. All energy generated would then be exported into the existing local grid. A
connection assessment has evaluated all possible connection points to existing circuits and
substations in the vicinity of the proposed generation site and confirmed that there are
three connection point options available. The connection to the grid network would be the
subject of a separate application.
3.3 Project Programme
It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted in early 2010 and if planning
permission is granted, construction will probably commence in 2011.
3.3.1 Construction Phase
A construction programme will be produced to accompany the planning application. The
construction period is expected to last approximately 9 - 12 months and will include the
following elements:
• Site establishment, access upgrade and development of construction compound;
• Construction of access tracks and laying of connecting cabling;
• Construction of control building/substation and erection of meteorological
• Construction of turbine foundations and delivery and erection of turbine
components; and
• Commissioning and reinstatement of temporarily disturbed areas.
The construction of the turbine towers requires the preparation of a level hardstanding
area adjacent to the tower foundations. The hardstanding is required for assembly of the
turbine and rotor and positioning of the crane that will lift the nacelle and rotor blades
into position.
Construction material would typically be transported by road from source or seaport.
Large loads such as turbines, rotor blades and tower sections would be transported to the
site by low loader using a designated route. Information on the likely route to site for
abnormal load vehicles is provided in Section of this report.
3.3.2 Operation and Decommissioning
At the end of its operational life, currently predicted to be approximately 25 years, the
situation will be reviewed and if the wind farm is to be decommissioned, site clearance
and reinstatement would be carried out in line with practices at the time. It is expected
that this would take between three and six months. Alternatively the site may be
maintained and turbines replaced, subject to the agreement of the planning authority and
landowners at the time.
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 1 Aug 2009 3:41 pm

And the Broadview Press Release: ... 20FARM.pdf

For media enquiries, please contact Lisa Ross at Broadview Energy / 020 8487 9150 or Paul Taylor at Taylor Keogh Communications / 020 3170 8465
Date of Issue: Monday, July 20th 2009
Broadview Energy Limited has today announced that it is considering the development of a small wind farm on agricultural land close to Junction 12 of the M40 motorway, and in the vicinity of the villages of Knightcote and Bishop’s Itchington in Warwickshire.
The company, which is developing a number of other small wind farm projects in England and Scotland, has identified the site as a possible location for up to 6 wind turbines. The company now needs to carry out a series of technical and environmental studies on the site (known as Starbold) and the surrounding area to confirm its initial findings.
Broadview has submitted a “Scoping Document” to Stratford-on-Avon District Council (the local planning authority) which outlines the scope of the studies that are to be carried out as part of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The Council will consult on the Scoping Document with parish councils, the Environment Agency, the Highways Agency, other government agencies and organisations such as Natural England and the RSPB. Once the scope is agreed, Broadview will set about completing the EIA which is expected to take six to eight months.
Jeffrey Corrigan, Managing Director of Broadview Energy said: “We have carried out initial studies and we think that the Starbold site could be ideal for a small wind farm. It’s windy and it’s set away from residential areas. It’s now necessary to carry out very detailed work to confirm our initial views. The results of the EIA, along with our consultations with local people and others, will establish the viability, size and precise location of the wind farm and whether or not we decide to take forward a scheme for planning approval by Stratford-on-Avon District Council.”
Public consultation is an important part of Broadview’s development work and the company will be holding “drop-in” sessions for local people after the summer holidays to give them an opportunity to learn more about the wind farm project and to meet members of the Broadview Energy team.
Jeffrey Corrigan added: “We are at a very early stage in the process but we are keen to let people know about our plans, our reasons for choosing the Starbold site and the contribution that onshore wind power can make to the region and to the country as a whole. In turn, we want to hear people’s initial thoughts on our plans and how they see renewable energy in helping to protect the environment and to secure the country’s energy future”.
As well as the “drop-in sessions”, Broadview Energy has launched a project website ( and will also publish regular bulletins about its work. Assuming the environmental and technical studies confirm the Starbold site to be suitable for a wind farm, Broadview Energy will hold a series of exhibitions where people would see the final design and layout of the proposed scheme.
Notes to Editors:
1. Broadview Energy Limited ( develops wind energy projects in the United Kingdom that generate clean, sustainable energy. Broadview takes projects from site identification, through the planning process, to construction and ultimately operation. The company focuses on small projects, typically between two and ten turbines. It currently has a number of projects under various stages of development throughout the United Kingdom.
2. The Government published its Renewable Energy Strategy on July 15th 2009 and has now set a revised target of 30% of all the electricity produced in the UK to be from renewable sources by 2020; currently the figures sit at approximately 5%.
3. The West Midlands Regional Energy Strategy (published in November 2004) includes targets for increasing the use of renewable energy. In August 2008, the West Midlands had approximately 188MW of renewable energy (primarily wind power) either projects in the planning process awaiting planning determination, those which have received planning consent but are yet to be constructed, those being constructed or those which are operational.
For more information:
Broadview Energy Limited
Lisa Ross, Community Relations Manager: / 020 8487 9150
Or Paul Taylor: / 020 3170 8465
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