Parishes assess M1 Wind Farm application

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Following the submission of an application to build a wind farm on agricultural land close to the M1, east of Roade, Alastair Smith from renewable energy specialist Wind Prospect Developments Limited (WPDL) has visited several of the local parishes close to the proposed site in order to answer residents’ queries.

Discussions took place at parish council meetings during which councillors and members of the public were able to view the application and ask questions. Commenting on the meetings, Alastair said: “I am very grateful to the parishes for allowing me to speak and I was encouraged by the quality of the discussions. It was clear that many people have a range of concerns with the application and these meetings provided an ideal opportunity for me to address these concerns and to learn more about the needs of the local people.”

Ironically, high wind and rain may have deterred some local residents from attending their parish council meetings, but Alastair has said that he would be “very pleased to respond to any messages sent via the project website http://www.m1windfarm.com.”

The proposal has been submitted to South Northants Council (Ref. S/2011/1421/MAF) and comprises nine 1.3 megawatt wind turbines, with tower heights of approximately 60 metres and rotor diameters of approximately 60 metres. The maximum tip height (when a blade is vertical) will be no greater than 90 metres. Further details are available at http://www.m1windfarm.com.

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