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: October 9, 2009 • England
Knightcote residents claim enormous opposition to wind farm proposals
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Villagers in south Warwickshire remain unconvinced that a wind farm near their homes is a good idea.
Energy company Broadview last week held a public exhibition in Knightcote, showcasing its ideas for siting up to six turbines on farmland next to the village.
But resident George Wood, who set up opposition group Feldon Residents Against Wind farm Turbines (Frawt), says that in four villages near the site, he has so far only found one person who is in favour of the scheme.
He said: “We have held presentations in Knightcote, Fenny Compton, Bishops Itchington and Northend, where we asked people to vote on the matter.
“We had one person voting in favour of the turbines, one was undecided, and more than 300 voted against them.”
Mr Wood has researched the impact wind turbines have on the surrounding areas.
He said: “Broadview is telling people that the turbines do not create noise, which is not true.
“They also say that there is no requirement to build them more than 500 yards from houses.
“But there is quite a bit of evidence because of the noise impact, there should be a distance of 1.2 miles.
“Broadview also says there is no devaluation of property, but I have spoken to estate agents who say that the houses in Knightcote would be devalued by 20 to 30 per cent and houses in the surrounding areas by ten per cent.
“Even property experts in Denmark, which has more wind farms than anywhere else, have agreed on this 20 to 30 per cent figure.”
Mr Wood and other members of Frawt are planning to speak to planning consultants, legal consultants and property surveyors, before putting together a document which they think will ensure they will receive compensation if the project goes ahead.
Broadview is hoping to carry out a detailed study to measure the wind in the area using a temporary mast.
Project manager Tim Lynam last week dismissed claims that there would be health risks, and he said the turbines would be sited so as to prevent any ‘flicker’ effect and designed to eliminate vibrations that could also damage the masts.
The site is one of six across the UK planned by Broadview, which has so far only gained permission for one, near Aberdeen.
8 October 2009