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|Say NO to the Molesworth Wind Farm - Bythorn, Molesworth, Keyston, Brington, Clopton, Old Weston, Titchmarsh, Catworth, Leighton Bromswold|
Grounds for Objection - Moving Shadows & Shadow Flicker
The principle reasons for rejection are:
Impact on Horse Riders
The following includes quotes from advice provided by the British Horse Society :
"The horse and rider unfamiliar with the area may react in a potentially dangerous manner to any of the following characteristics which can arise from the operation of a wind turbine:
"The British Horse Society adopted a policy in December 1995 which recommended a minimum distance between the base of any turbine and the nearest equestrian route, of 200 metres. However that distance was arrived at when the average height of proposed turbines was between 40 and 50 metres. In 1998, there have been applications for turbines of up to 100 metres high and it is therefore seen as essential that a formula is identified which will calculate the minimum safe distance, based on the actual height of the turbine."
The current proposal is for turbines even higher at 120m Meters.
"The Society is urging Government to revise its guidance so as to relate the safe minimum distance to the proposed height of the nearest turbine on the basis of a least three times the height - reflecting the guidance given in earlier times. In the meantime, the Society urges that all developers and planners recognise a 200 metre safety margin as being the absolute minimum for limiting the potential impact on equestrian interests."
Moving shadows occur in nature all the time and are not generally a problem, however repetitive moving shadow such as experienced when driving down a tree lined road or from a moving wind turbine are considerably more disturbing. When such moving shadows fall on a window they can be very disturbing indeed as the light level in the whole room can appear to flash. This is called shadow flicker. National Planning Policy recognises this effect but asserts that it is only a problem if the window is close to the turbine (eg within 10 x the turbine diameter, 930m in this case). However there are reports of people being disturbed by shadow flicker at greater distances.
Lynn Harlock, who lives almost half a mile from Redtile wind farm in Cambridgeshire, said she was "sick to death" of flicker.
"You cannot sit in any rooms when the sun is setting at certain times of year," she said. "It is like flashing strobe lighting. It is quite upsetting not being able to sit in your own home. "People think you are barmy. They think you are after compensation. But all we want is our home back."
Impact on RAF Molesworth
RAF Molesworth has a history that dates back to 1917. In WW2 it was home to RAF Bomber Command 159 squadron Flying B-24 Liberators before being assigned to the United States Army Air Force.
In the 1980s during the cold war RAF Molesworth was chosen to become a base for the US Air Force's mobile nuclear armed Ground Launched Cruise Missiles. The decision to base nuclear missiles at RAF Molesworth made the base a focus of protest by Anti Nuclear protest groups.
The nuclear missiles were removed in 1987 but the infrastructure and bunkers are still intact and offer a unique reminder of the Cold War.
The future of RAF Molesworth is unclear but it has been suggested that the missile silos in the corner nearest the proposed wind farm might be worthy of preservation.
Impact on people
The proposed site layout places several turbines in an east west alignment such that a person using public footpaths may be exposed to shadow flicker from multiple turbines simultaneously. This may result in exposure to shadow flicker frequencies that are higher than normal.
This is contrary to advice from experts on photosensitive epilepsy who say "The layout of wind farms should ensure that shadows cast by one turbine upon another should not be readily visible to the general public"
21 February 2019
Latest Planning DocumentsPlanning Reference: 1200967FUL
We have found 82 documents for the Environmental Statement!.
Photos from the turbinesIf you can see your house in these photos, you WILL see the turbines!
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