MP's fears over bid for huge wind farm

An MP has voiced concern over a proposed wind farm between Six Mile Bottom, West Wratting and Balsham.

South-East Cambridgeshire MP Jim Paice said: "I have strong reservations about inland wind power as a green means of generating power and, while I'm totally committed to combating climate change and using renewable energy, I'm not convinced wind power is the best way to achieve that."

He joined concerned residents at Wadlow Farm, near Balsham, to walk the length of the planned development.

Mr Paice said: "It's one of the biggest inland wind farm developments in the country and one of the biggest planning issues in the constituency and a lot of people have contacted me about it.

"I think it's important that we all have an opportunity to find out the implications of it."

The proposal is for 13 wind turbines, each 120 metres high, at Wadlow Farm. Residents have raised concerns about the possible impact on the nearby Fleam Dyke, a protected ancient monument.

Mr Paice said other issues raised by constituents included the proposed wind farm's domination of the countryside, impact on local wildlife, traffic implications for the A11, implications for aircraft, noise and interference with television reception and impact on property prices.

A planning application has yet to be submitted, but public meetings have been held in Balsham and West Wratting by developers Renewable Energy Systems.

Vicky Ford, who lives near the site and organised the walk, said: "It is hard to picture how big this wind farm will be.

Many local people have concerns about the wind farm and many others support the proposal and I have arranged for a survey to be delivered to all local residents."

The survey can also be accessed on Mr Paice's website, www.telljimpaice.com, and Mr Paice said once a planning application was formally lodged he intended to hold his own public meeting.