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Mixed views on Woolfox wind and solar farm plans

Greetham community centre windfarm plans on show. Pictured is RES project manager Chris Banks with residents Linda and John Hall. EMN-140907-161632009

Greetham community centre windfarm plans on show. Pictured is RES project manager Chris Banks with residents Linda and John Hall. EMN-140907-161632009

People got their first glimpse of a redesigned wind farm that now includes fewer turbines and a 67-hectare solar farm.

Energy firm RES held the first of three public exhibitions at Greetham Community Centre on Wednesday.

The company wants to develop the former Woolfox Airfield, just off the A1 near Stretton. Previous plans included 14 wind turbines but the company has now changed its proposal to nine turbines and a number of solar panels.

Some people at Wednesday’s exhibition were fully supporting of the plans. Farmer John Merry, 63, of Great Lane, Greetham, said: “I’ve not got anything against it. If it keeps prices down that’s all right by me.

“I don’t think the visual impact is as bad as people are making out.”

Mr Merry said renewable energy was an option that had to be considered, and he liked the idea of putting solar panels on his own fields.

“We are going to run out of oil,” he said.

Retired David Hodson, 67, of Kirk’s Close, Greetham, said the presentation was lacking some information.

He said: “It seems like they could get planning approval on one lot without getting the total packet.”

Mr Hodson wasn’t too concerned with the effect of the farm on Greetham itself.

“I feel more for the people in Stretton because it’s going to have more of an impact,” he said. “It’s going to be on their doorstep.”

And Mr Hodson had questions about the nature of the farm itself. He added: “I have my reservations about wind power.”

Stretton resident Mimi Harris, of Church Lane, was not pleased with the plans. She said: “I’m certainly not for it. It will affect house prices and the environment.

“There is the noise factor. We are not very far away and noise travels. And they could put in for more turbines.”

RES project manager Chris Banks said it was important to get a range of views. He added: “A lot of stuff that is said about wind farms is misunderstood. Hopefully we can clarify a few points.”

Two more exhibitions were held in Castle Bytham and Great Casterton yesterday. Documents can also be seen online at www.woolfox-windfarm.co.uk.

RES hopes to submit a full planning application this year.

 

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