Fears over wind plan for village

RWE npower renewables plans to build a wind farm in St Michaels.

RWE npower renewables plans to build a wind farm in St Michaels.

Disgruntled residents living close to a proposed wind farm fear the “monstrosities” will create a raft of problems in their village.

RWE npower renewables is considering the possibility of transforming fields in St Michael’s to home seven 125-metre high wind turbines, much to the dismay of some residents.

Those opposed to the company’s ambitious plans for Cuckoo Wood, off Band Lane claim the idyllic landscape is under threat and suggest the towering works of engineering will cause problems from noise to the destruction of beautiful views.

Robert Bonner, a resident of St Michael’s, said: “We feel this idyllic setting is now under threat from a few landowners seeking personal financial gain at the expense, and to the detriment, of the rest of their community, by allowing a German power company to apply for planning permission to erect up to seven disproportionately huge turbines on their land adjacent to the north of the village.

“There is definitely a place for electricity generation from renewables within the UK’s energy mix – but it is crucial for any development to be appropriate, proportionate and take account of other needs.”

The company has already installed an 80m anemometer mast in Cuckoo Wood, to measure wind speed, direction and turbulence.

Alice Byrne, a developer at RWE npower renewables, said: “An extensive suite of environmental and technical studies is currently being undertaken in order to inform the design of the proposed wind farm and to establish any potential effects of the development.

“We are undertaking a full public consultation.”

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