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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Objections

How can I object to the planning application?

Write to Huntingdon District Council (HDC) click for details
Write to East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) click for details

Quote "Molesworth Wind Farm" and planning reference number 1200967FUL (for HDC) or 12/01095/EXT (for ENC).

Begin your letter with "I strongly object ..." and include why this proposal affects you personally.

It is important that individual members of the same household write separate letters of objection if possible. Please write or send a copy to your letter to your MP, District Councillor and Parish Council to ensure they are aware of local opinion.


It is important to emphasise that the harm this development will have on
the local area and community will far outweigh any suggested benefits.

THIS IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE SITE FOR WIND TURBINES.

 

Valid grounds for objection considered by HDC Planning Department include:

1. Contrary to HDC Planning Policy.
HDC Supplementary Planning Document - Wind Power states "There is very little scope for the Northern Wolds to accommodate more than one small-scale group. This is a landscape highly valued in the district for its "unspoilt" quality and harmonious character, turbine development should not affect this special character."

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In 2012 the Woolley Hill Wind Farm near Ellington for four 130.5m high turbines was approved by the planning inspector on appeal in March 2012 after Huntingdon District Council had turned down original planning application in June 2011.

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2. Visual impact.
This development will not "Respect the site and settings of the historic villages which characterise the Northern Wolds". It will destroy a "landscape highly valued in the district for its 'unspoilt' quality and harmonious character". (Ref HDC Wind Power SPD 2006 - Northern Wolds). It will also have a negative impact on views from the Nene Valley.

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The proposed turbines would be 126 metres (409 feet) high. That's 6 times the height of Bythorn Church tower and 50 feet higher than the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. It will also have a negative impact on views from the Nene Valley.

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3. Impact on Environment.
ie heritage sites, listed buildings and conservation areas. HDC's Wind Power SPD states that any development must respect the sensitivities which relate to "historic villages and valued elements particularly with respect to historic features and distinctive church spires". Bythorn, Keyston, Molesworth, Catworth and Leighton Bromswold are all conservation villages within 5 kilometres of the site and are all mentioned in Domesday Book. Titchmarsh (also a conservation village) and Clopton are located in an area which East Northamptonshire District Council have designated as requiring special protection due to "high levels of biodiversity and a distinctive historic environment." (Ref. Rural North, Oundle and Thrapston Plan).

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This is an industrial development in an almost exclusively rural landscape that has developed slowly over many centuries (see: A Brief Landscape History).

Bythorn, Keyston, Molesworth, Catworth and Leighton Bromswold are all conservation villages within 5 kilometres of the site and are all mentioned in Domesday Book. Titchmarsh (also a conservation village) and Clopton are located in an area which East Northamptonshire District Council have designated as requiring special protection due to "high levels of biodiversity and a distinctive historic environment." (Ref. Rural North, Oundle and Thrapston Plan).

Historic Buildings:
An article on Listed Buildings at Risk in Huntingdonshire, District Wide (HDC's own magazine) specifically refers to the chest tombs in Bythorn as an example of successful work by its listed buildings officers.

Please click on these links to see what's in your parish.
Brington & Molesworth
Bythorn & Keyston
Catworth
Winwick
Old Weston
Leighton Bromswold
Titchmarsh
Clopton

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4. Impact on footpaths and bridleways
leading to a loss of recreational amenity. This proposal will engulf the footpaths and bridleways between Bythorn & Keyston, Molesworth & Brington, Clopton and Titchmarsh, which are used regularly by the local community, rambling groups and equestrians.

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This area is a network of paths which have developed from drove and enclosure roads, all of which are regularly used by walkers, riders and ramblers and are one of the main amenities for residents of the area.

All of these will be dominated by the proposed turbines and their tranquillity ruined by the noise they make.

In particular, it is likely that those who take animals along these paths - dog walkers and equestrians - will find their animals frightened by the noise and motion of the turbines and this amenity is likely to be closed to them.

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5. Noise impact
About one in every 6 wind farms built has sparked complaints due to noise, causing sleep loss leading to health problems.

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Wind Farms located close to residential properties have generated complaints about noise causing sleep loss, leading to health problems.

Lynn Hancock, who lives near the Red Tile wind farm north of Cambridge says: "Imagine a seven-ton lorry left running on the drive all night and that's what it's like. People describe it as like an aeroplane or a helicopter or a train that never arrives. It's like it's coming but it never gets here."

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6. Impact on wildlife.
There is a thriving bat population and endangered birds such as red kite, other birds of prey and owls resident at the site. These species are vulnerable to trauma or collision with wind turbines. Two red kite nesting sites are being monitored less than 1km from the wind farm site. (It is an offence to disturb red kites). Other notable birds observed at the site include hobbies, hen harriers, sparrowhawks and 3 species of owl.

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Although the RSPB is generally in favour of wind farms, their policy document has reservations and can be accessed here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/policy/windfarms/

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7. Loss of residential amenity.
The ability to enjoy life in our homes and gardens and surrounding areas is likely to affect the nearest houses.

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The constant noise and motion will affect a great many houses and you may find that, even if you live some distance from the turbines, or downhill from them, you can still see them.

Think what it would be like to try to enjoy your garden in the summer with all of that constantly in the background. Although there is noise from the A14, this tends to be a constant hum rather than a rhythmic vibration with an effect not unlike a dripping tap (which isn't referred to as "the Chinese water torture" for nothing).

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8. Distance of Turbines from Dwellings.
Homes in Bythorn and Molesworth will be less than 800-900 metres from turbines.

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Many counties have a 2km setback. That is to say, turbines cannot be sited within 2km of any dwelling. South Cambridgeshire, locally, has adopted this and we submit that what is good enough for them should be good enough for Hunts DC. Recently Lincolnshire County Council, Wiltshire County Council and Milton Keynes have adopted similar policies.

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9. Health.
"Wind Turbine Syndrome" is increasing. As well as sleep problems caused by noise, increased headaches, dizziness and nausea are often cited as well as irritability, depression, fatigue, poor concentration and tinnitus. It is also reported that wind turbines can adversely affect people with autism.

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As well as sleep problems caused by noise, increased headaches, dizziness and nausea are often cited as well as irritability, depression, fatigue, poor concentration and tinnitus.

It is also reported that wind turbines can adversely affect people with autism.

Because wind farms are relatively new, especially those sited near habitation, the effect on health tends to be anecdotal, but evidence of "Wind Farm Syndrome" is developing.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/are-wind-farms-a-health-risk-us-scientist-identifies-wind-turbine-syndrome-1766254.html

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10. The shadow flicker
created by the rotation of the turbine blades is similar to driving through trees on a sunny day. It can be disorienting and can cause headaches and eye strain.

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Shadow flicker is likely to affect some houses close to the site and limit future use of land currently within RAF Molesworth. Local residents may also experience the disorienting effect of rotating shadows on their land or when using local footpaths.

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11. Impact on road safety
The proposed access route for construction traffic will access the site via the B663 from the Brington bridge (A14 junc 16). This road is heavily used by local traffic and is unsuitable for the weight and volume of traffic envisaged - between 40 and 168 vehicle movements a day during a 12 month period.

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The B663 is also used by walkers, dog-walkers, horse-riders and cyclists as well as the Brington and Huntingdon school buses.

It is UNACCEPTABLE that these should have to encounter a stream of construction lorries for such an extended period and to allow it will seriously compromise road safety

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12. Aviation.
Private airfields at Keyston & Winwick as well as RAF Molesworth will be affected due to potential problems of landing and take-off. Numerous commercial and recreational pilots also use the airspace over the proposed site.

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There are small airfields at Keyston and Winwick which will experience problems due to the close proximity of the wind turbines.

There is a possibility that these turbines will need to be fitted with warning lights which would further destroy the tranquil nature of the area at night.

In addition, numerous commercial and recreational pilots also use the airspace over the proposed site.

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13. Other Objections.

  • Safety of local residents due to turbine mechanical failure and ice throw
  • impact on local businesses
  • effect on TV and radio reception
  • low wind speed area.

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There are several additional factors about this proposal which will have a detrimental affect on the surrouning area and its inhabitants.

We have provided more detailed supporting evidence here.

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14. The Historic Landscape
The landscape around Bythorn and Molesworth contains traces of a history that tells us what the area was like 1000 and, in some places, even 2000 years ago.

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The name Molesworth indicates a settlement that was in place at least as long ago as Anglo Saxon times. The Worth element equates to wyrth, a defended settlement and the Mole element probably represents the name of the owner.

Bythorn is more enigmatic, appearing as "Bierne" in Domesday Book and "Bitherne" in later charters. The most likely origin of the name is by-aern, meaning "dwelling place" and referring to a stopping place on the drove road

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The following issues are not valid planning objections:
  • Detrimental effect on house prices.
  • Economies of wind generated electricity.
  • Advantages / disadvantages of renewable energy.
  • Subsidies to energy companies.
  • Payments to landowners for use of land.
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    Please note that the content of this web site represents the views and opinions of the STOP MOLESWORTH WIND FARM committee and our members. Although we have tried to be as accurate as we can in relaying facts on the subject of this proposed development and the industrial wind industry in general, we cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies found therein. If you believe any content to be incorrect or inaccurate please let us know.

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