Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group
Say NO to the Molesworth Wind Farm - Bythorn, Molesworth, Keyston, Brington, Clopton, Old Weston, Titchmarsh, Catworth, Leighton Bromswold
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Grounds for Objection - Visual Impact

The size, scale and extent of the turbines would:

  • dominate and adversely affect the landscape character of the area - particularly its open rural character.
  • represent the industrialisation of a predominantly rural area
  • adversely affect the historic pattern of the landscape by introducing intrusive and standardised industrial forms and by its dominating impact upon the setting of historic buildings and views from public rights of way
  • be completely out of scale with the surrounding landscape
  • adversely affect the North Wolds landscape over a very wide area because of the high, open and visible nature of the site. The turbines would be visible for 30 miles
  • Impact view out of three Conservation Areas.

The proposed development site is a tranquil, rural, "green field", farming environment. The landscape comprises wide views punctuated by small villages, church towers, trees and some woodland. A valued aspect of the landscape is the wide skies with spectacular cloudscapes and sunsets.

Into this particular landscape, RWE npower propose to insert six identical, angular metal structures up to 126m tall. That is 17m (50 feet) taller than the Apollo/Saturn V Rocket that sent man to the moon (110m) or the dome of St Paul's Cathedral (108m) and around three times as tall as the wind turbine at Wood Green Animal Shelter (43m).
For further comparison they would be 27m (74ft) higher than the turbines at the Burton Wold wind farm (near Kettering) and the Red Tile wind farm (near Warboys).

Combined with their height, the angular, metallic, identical nature of the turbines would be completely at odds with the landscape described above. The character of the landscape would be destroyed.

The report "Wind Turbine Development in Huntingdonshire" commissioned by Huntingdonshire District Council in March 2005, whilst broadly favourable to a Small Scale Group of turbines, makes clear that in the Northern Wolds it is referring to a "small scale group of up to 5 turbines" [Page 81].

The follow up report "Supplementary Planning Document: Wind Power" published by HDC in 2006 state that the Northern Wolds has "capacity to accommodate a small scale group at the lower end of the range (up to 2 or 3 turbines)" [Page 32] but makes no mention of larger groups being acceptable in the Northern Wolds. Together these policy documents suggest that a proposal for 6 turbines would represents over development of the area.

"Wind Turbine Development in Huntingdonshire" also states that:

  • "A small group of turbines would dominate the scale and historic character of the villages if sited in close proximity."
  • A small-scale group of turbines could be accommodated….providing it does not impinge on the site or setting of valued landscape components such as the villages."

It also cautions against:

  • "...locating turbines within the more intimate scale landscape of the valley and valley crest where they will be out of scale with the more intimate valley landscape and valley settlements." and that the development should:
  • "Respect the scale and setting of the small, intact villages and views to church towers and spires." As an example of an intimate valley/village that characterise the Northern Wolds, Wind Turbine Development in Huntingdonshire uses this aerial photograph of Molesworth on the introduction page.

Contrary to policy it is likely that the wind farm will impact views of several local churches. For example:

  • St Peter's Church, Molesworth when viewed from lower Molesworth, the Millennium Green Open Space and various points on the approach road to Molesworth and the A14 from the east.
  • St. Lawrence Church, Bythorn when viewed from the south and south east of Bythorn.
  • St John the Baptist, Keyston viewed from the south.
  • Long distance views of All Saints, Brington from the A14 to the east.

Molesworth, Bythorn and Keyston are all conservation areas. Huntingdonshire District Council's Keyston Area Character Statement says:

"The wide panoramic views afforded out over the surrounding undulating open countryside from within the village serve to strengthen the village's intrinsic rural atmosphere." Local Planning Policy EN9 "Conservation Areas" should prevent development which would impair open spaces and important views into and out of conservation areas.

25 August 2019
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