|Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group|
|Say NO to the Molesworth Wind Farm - Bythorn, Molesworth, Keyston, Brington, Clopton, Old Weston, Titchmarsh, Catworth, Leighton Bromswold|
The size, scale and extent of the turbines would:
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, Npower propose to insert eight identical, angular metal structures, each more than 50 feet taller than the dome of St Paul's Cathedral (108m - still a dominant feature of the London skyline) and each around three times as tall as the wind turbine at Wood Green Animal Shelter (43m). For further comparison they would be 27m (74 ft) higher than the turbines at Kettering and Warboys.
Npower have stated that 127m is only the maximum height that they would apply for and that the actual turbines might be shorter, However, we must assume that they will build the largest possible turbines to maximise power generation.
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 groups of up to 12 turbines in the area, states that "key landscape values" could be affected where the development impinges on "the site or setting of valued landscape components". It adds that such groups "could affect the serene tranquil character of parts of the landscape" [page 70]. The report "guidance notes" [page 72] state that such a development should:
Huntingdonshire Disctrict Coucil's Keyston Area Character Statement says:
It is worth noting that in Scotland, in relation to visual impact and the location of turbines near local communities, Scottish planning document PAN45 confirms that development up to 2 km is "likely to be a prominent feature in an open landscape". Accordingly, the Scottish Executive supports 2km as a separation distance between turbines and the edge of villages (lesser distances requiring case-by-case basis justification). (Scottish Planning Policy SPP 6 Renewable Energy).
See also paragraph 190 of the Scottish Planning Policy document of February 2010.
For more detail on the 2km setback, click here.
Bythorn, Molesworth and Keyston all fall within 2km of the proposed turbines.
A brief landscape history
Visual and other amenities
Effect on local roads
Subsidies for Wind Farm Developers
Noise & other health issues
Wildlife & Ecology
House Prices / Saleability
What happens next?
20 May 2018
Radio / TV
The BBC website contains a number of video clips from features related to wind farms - click here
BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth - 30th
For an interesting TV broadcast on the effects of wind turbines on local residents - especially the noise - see the LBV Television programme available on the Wadlow Windfarm website. [This is a large file. It may take a very long time to open - but is well worth listening to].
Web Pages / Articles
"Wind farms alone won't solve our problems" - CPRE
RSPB policy on wind farms
RICS commissioned report: What is the impact of wind farms on house prices?
in Denmark - Dr V C Mason (Sept 2007)
Perception and annoyance due to wind turbine noise - E Pedersena and K Persson Waye - J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 116, No. 6, December 2004 (PDF file)