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Spring Farm Ridge Wind Farm Of Five Turbines Approved By The Inspector

Published: 12th July 2012 18:00

The Planning Inspectorate approves Spring Farm RidgeThe Planning Inspectorate approves Spring Farm RidgeThis is just in from the Developers - AboutMyArea/NN12 publish their press release in full.
Broadview Energy today welcomed The Planning Inspectorate’s decision to approve the Spring Farm Ridge five turbine wind farm on agricultural land between the villages of Greatworth, Helmdon and Sulgrave, in Northamptonshire.
South Northamptonshire Council’s planning committee refused the application in July 2011; Broadview continued to believe that it was an appropriate location for a wind farm of this size and lodged an appeal with the Government Planning Inspectorate against the refusal by the Council.
Broadview is aiming for the Spring Farm Ridge wind farm to enter commercial operation in late 2013 - early 2014, generating power for around 5,580 homes in the area.  Broadview will now be working with members of the community to establish a community fund up to the value of £750,000 over the wind farm's 25 year lifetime.
Olly Buck, Project Manager for Broadview Energy, said: “We are very pleased to have received The Planning Inspectorate’s approval and look forward to liaising with the community as we build the project.”

Update on 13th July 2012 - from Local MP Andrea Leadsom

Spring Farm Ridge Wind Farm

I have discovered today that the wind farm proposed between the villages of Greatworth, Helmdon and Sulgrave has been approved on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.

In July 2011 South Northamptonshire Planning Committee refused this application and today the Planning Inspectorate, who know nothing about our local area, have gone against the wishes of the local community and approved this application. This decision is completely contrary to the localism agenda.

I am fed up of local authorities making decisions which reflect the needs and wishes of the local community, only for the developer to have the application approved on appeal. I am absolutely appalled at this situation and will work with South Northamptonshire Council to challenge this decision at the highest level.



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