What it is about?
A proposal to build 4 wind turbines each one over 410 feet high, or almost the height of the London Eye and 3 times that of the Milton Keynes Snow Dome.
Why should I be concerned?
The wind farm will be extremely close to the villages of Hollingdon, Stoke Hammond, Soulbury, Stewkley, Drayton Parslow, Newton Longville, Newton Leys and Great Brickhill. If you live in one of these villages you will be affected in some way.
If you live further away, don’t relax. It is proven that once one wind farm goes up in an area, many more follow. For example, since the first one was built in nearby Cambridgeshire in 2005, there have been 27 wind farms either erected, approved, under construction or currently in for planning application in the county, totalling 115 turbines!
How might it affect me?
• By reducing the price of your house, if you can sell it at all
• By damaging your health via sleep disturbance caused by noise and low-frequency vibration causing migraines and palpitations
• By causing stress and irritation from the shadow flicker caused by the sun passing behind the turning blades.
• By putting you and your family at risk of turbine blade fracture and ice thrown from the blades in winter.
• By spoiling your view of the countryside and taking away your rights to enjoy the amenities on your doorstep.
But won’t these turbines help save the planet?
The contribution to our renewable energy needs made by this wind farm will be tiny. This area has wind speeds lower than national average. There are other areas where the same wind farm would produce more energy, make a greater contribution and minimise the over-proliferation of wind turbines around the UK.
But why do it then?
Because the subsidies are so great that the true commercial viability of the project isn’t a matter for consideration. And because the developers have managed to tempt 3 local land owners with very lucrative rental premiums to let them put turbines on their land. It’s really that simple and that opportunistic!
What can I do about it?
• Read this website
• Become a supporter of the SDLT Action Group
• Make a donation to the high cost of fighting the proposal.
• Write a strong letter of objection.