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Archive from January 2013
Newsletter Number Twenty 18th January 2013  
(19 Jan 2013)

Hi Everyone,

Newsletter Number Twenty 18th January 2013 - MOLESWORTH WIND FARM PLANNING APPLICATION REF 1200967FUL FOR SIX 126 METRE HIGH WIND TURBINES

1. RWE SURGERY

TUESDAY 22 JANUARY 2013 - RWE npower will be holding an appointment only ""surgery"" in Bythorn Village Hall from 2.00pm to 8.00pm. You can book a 10 minute appointment by emailing molesworth@npower-renewables.com text 075577 58217 (please text Molesworth at the start of your message) or phone 01582 641910. You need to indicate your preferred time, contact telephone number and area of interest.

Please can as many people as possible attend to ask questions as to why they are putting a wind farm in this location, what benefit will it be to the local community, the impact on health, wildlife, heritage, landscape etc. If you require any further information on these issues, please email the action group by Monday 21 January.

Parking will be available on the gravel driveway at Scotts Farmhouse for those attending the surgery. If you need directions let me know.

2. DISPLAY BOARDS ARE NOW UP IN THE VILLAGES CLOSEST TO THE WIND FARM.

3. If you would like a placard or poster please email me on info@stopmolesworthwindfarm.org.uk ,stating what you would like, and we will arrange delivery to you over the next few days.

4. MONDAY 18 MARCH 2013 -Determination Date for this planning application by the Development Management Panel at Huntingdon District Council. This meeting starts at 7.00pm and takes place in the Civic Suite, Pathfinder House, St Mary's Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN. PLEASE PUT THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARIES.

5. MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2013 - ALL OBJECTION LETTERS TO BE LODGED WITH HDC.

The address to write to is Steve Ingram, Head of Planning Services, Huntingdon District Council, Pathfinder House, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE29 3TN or email steve.ingram@huntsdc.gov.uk remember to include your address and the planning reference number 1200967FUL.

If you have any queries suggestions, comments, require further information or can help in any way please let me know.

If you have received this email and do not wish to continue to be on the mailing list please contact us and we will ensure your name and details are removed.

Thank you for your continued support,

Vicky Wood

Phone: 01832 710612

Web Address - www.stopmolesworthwindfarm.org.uk

UPDATE 7th December 2012 - Number SIXTEEN  
(6 Jan 2013)

UPDATE 7th December 2012 - Number SIXTEEN

Hello Everyone,

MOLESWORTH WIND FARM PLANNING APPLICATION REF 1200967FUL FOR SIX 126 METRE HIGH WIND TURBINES

1. We are still awaiting further information to be submitted by the energy company RWE npower to Huntingdon District Council. This information includes the Residential Amenity Report showing the impact of the development on the houses nearest to the proposed wind farm, further visualisations on how the wind turbines will look in the landscape and more noise data.

We fully expect this information to be handed in just before the Christmas holidays so the public consultation period falls when people are busy and are unable to devote the time and attention required to comment on these submissions that is required. Because of this HUNTINGDON DISTRICT COUNCIL IS STILL ACCEPTING LETTERS CONCERNING THIS APPLICATION AND WILL DO SO UNTIL AT LEAST THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY 2013. If you still have not written or know someone in your village who thinks it is too late to write please encourage them to write or email a letter of objection to the Planning Officer Andy Brand at andy.brand@huntingdonshire.gov.uk Remember to include valid planning objections, which can be found on our website, and also your address.

We do not expect the District Council to make a decision on this application Monday 25th February 2013. Please keep this date free as we would like a large community presence at the meeting.

2. Huntingdon District Council has recently announced their Draft SPD: Landscape Sensitivity to Wind Turbine Development which is available to view and comment on before Friday 4th January 2013. We will be asking everyone to comment on this issue and WILL BE ISSUING GUIDANCE ON HOW TO REPLY IN OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER

3. There have been several interesting developments in the last month.

***The first concerns a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority concerning a leaflet stating wind turbines have no impact on house prices, produced by the industry trade body RenewableUK, which Wind Prospect Developments Ltd had issued. As a result of this complaint the leaflet has been withdrawn and the ASA CONFIRMED THAT WIND PROSPECT HAD PROVIDED A WRITTEN ASSURANCE THAT IT WOULD NOT USE THE LEAFLET AGAIN. The leaflet claimed that it was a ""myth"" that wind farms reduced the value of nearby houses and that ""UK studies show no clear relationship between the proximity of wind farms and property prices"", and quotes a Scottish Government study claiming that ""those living nearest to operating wind farms are their strongest advocates"". Further information on this issue can be found at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/9647674/Developer-s-claim-wind-turbines-do-not-hit-house-prices.html#disqus_thread

***The second development concerns a study recently undertaken on ""The Effects of industrial wind turbine (IWT) noise on sleep and health"" by Michael Nissenbaum, Jeffery Aramini and Chris Hanning. This peer reviewed research states ""We conclude that the noise emissions of IWTs disturbed the sleep and caused daytime sleepiness and impaired mental health in residents living within 1.4 km of the two IWT installations studied. Industrial wind turbine noise is a further source of environmental noise, with the potential to harm human health. Current regulations seem to be insufficient to adequately protect the human population living close to IWTs. Our research suggests that adverse effects are observed at distances even beyond 1 km. Further research is needed to determine at what distances risks become negligable, as well as to better estimate the portion of the population suffering from adverse effects at a given distance."" Further details of this research can be found at

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/9653429/Wind-farm-noise-does-harm-sleep-and-health-say-scientists.html and http://www.noiseandhealth.org/article.asp?issn=1463-1741;year=2012;volume=14;issue=60;spage=237;epage=243;aulast=Nissenbaum

It would appear the assurances given by wind farm developers can not be taken at face value and in fact house prices do dramatically if you live within 2 kilometres of a wind farm. The issues concerning health are finally beginning to be researched and so far show that those living within 1 to 1.4 kilometres can experience health problems.

4. IF YOU INTEND TO MAKE A PLEDGE PLEASE LET ME KNOW

TO ENABLE US TO PLAN FOR THE APPEAL WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO MAKE A PLEDGE WHICH WOULD ONLY BE TAKEN UP IF THE PLANNING APPLICATION GOES TO THE APPEAL PROCESS. To make a pledge please contact me or any member of the committee. To make a donation to our campaign, we have set up a bank account, cheques payable to ""Stop Molesworth AG"", and send it Stop Molesworth AG"", and send it Stop Molesworth AG, Scotts Farmhouse, Bythorn, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0QP, also include your address in the envelope as we would like to issue receipts.

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