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Wind turbine at Henton? No thanks.

Monday, 08 October 2012 13:36

Wind turbine Wind turbine Photo: © Jane Tomlinson

Henton, near Chinnor in South Oxfordshire could be the site of a 90 foot high wind turbine if developers have their way. They have submitted a planning application to erect the structure at Rowan Farm, Henton.

8 October 2012

Henton, near Chinnor in South Oxfordshire could be the site of a 90 foot high wind turbine if developers have their way. They have submitted a planning application to erect the structure at Rowan Farm, Henton.

It's not just the people of Henton who would be affected by the turbine's noise. Such a tall structure would be visible from Thame, Hadenham and Chinnor and a wide swathe of surrounding countryside including from the Chilterns and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our policy on wind turbines is that while we welcome renewable energy it must not be at the expense of the countryside or its residents, and any wind turbine should be located appropriately.

Michael Tyce of CPRE said: "Oxfordshire, being inland and undulating, lacks the constant prevailing winds to make turbines a viable energy-generating option. However, even though electricity production would not be significant, it may still be profitable to the developer through subsidies we have to pay through our electricity bills. If this is approved it would be likely to lead to a rash of applications to erect turbines in this part of the county, given the financial incentives involved."

If you would be affected by the proposed turbine and would like to object you may do so here. The consultation ends on 19 October.

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