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1 Wind farm at RAF Harrington Public meeting Maidwell 17 th September 2008

2 What is it? A proposal from Nuon Renewables Ltd to build a wind farm at RAF Harrington A proposal from Nuon Renewables Ltd to build a wind farm at RAF Harrington Will erect 8 x 125m high turbines, each with a maximum output of 2.5MW (million watts, or megawatts) Will erect 8 x 125m high turbines, each with a maximum output of 2.5MW (million watts, or megawatts)

3 How high is 125m? 410 feet! 410 feet! Burton Wold turbines are 99.5m Burton Wold turbines are 99.5m Centre Point in London is 117m Centre Point in London is 117m The London Eye is 135m and at The London Eye is 135m and at 127.5m the Northampton Lighthouse is more or less the same 127.5m the Northampton Lighthouse is more or less the same

4 How much energy will be harvested? In this area of low winds speeds, the turbines will struggle to do better than % of the maximum, so giving about 43,800 megawatt hours of power In this area of low winds speeds, the turbines will struggle to do better than % of the maximum, so giving about 43,800 megawatt hours of power Sizewell B nuclear station last year produced 8.9 Terawatt hours or what 203 similar wind farms might generate Sizewell B nuclear station last year produced 8.9 Terawatt hours or what 203 similar wind farms might generate Most large coal fired stations are rated at MW capacity Most large coal fired stations are rated at MW capacity

5 Economics So little energy? Why is onshore wind generation being pushed so hard? Who pays? Who profits?

6 Where will it be?

7 or from the air …

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9 Dilemma? We all see the sense in renewable energy We all see the sense in renewable energy None of us want to be NIMBYs None of us want to be NIMBYs The question is whether or not this development, at this place, with this technology, and at this time, is sensible The question is whether or not this development, at this place, with this technology, and at this time, is sensible

10 Will it create a nuisance and if so why?

11 Landscape Oxendon, Kelmarsh, Maidwell … Square Norman towers with arrow slits, thatched pubs, tiny Victorian railways stations, nesting in a bosky countryside of high hedges and dense copses. It was enough to make you want to beak into a chorus of Therell always be an England … Robert Harris ENIGMA, (Arrow Books 1996) page273

12 Will it be visible? It is hard to imagine concrete towers of this height It is hard to imagine concrete towers of this height but go and have a look! but go and have a look!

13 Noise, health, shadow flicker and so on?

14 There is no clear limitation on the distance of turbines from dwellings, despite clear medical evidence that turbines within 1.2 km (in some cases 1.5 km) from habitations have caused medical problems. In France the ruling is 2 km. in the USA figures of 1.5 and 2.0 miles (in California) have been mentioned. Companion Guide to PPS 22 at para. 37, page 166, simply asks: "Is the site constrained by a population centre, or scattered dwellings?"

15 Blue Circles-1.2 km- Clear medical evidence of problems Black Circles-2.0 km - As in France Red Circles- 4 km (2.5 miles) - Striking visual impact, subject to topography

16 Other impacts

17 Local Amenities Harrington Museum and Monument? Harrington Museum and Monument? Brampton Valley Way? Brampton Valley Way? Ecology? Ecology? Public rights of way? British Horse Society recommends a minimum of 3 times the height or 375m from bridleways Public rights of way? British Horse Society recommends a minimum of 3 times the height or 375m from bridleways

18 Into the future … Grid connection: pylons? Grid connection: pylons? More turbines, as at Burton Wold? More turbines, as at Burton Wold? Effect on house sales and prices? Effect on house sales and prices?

19 Cumulative effects Cumulative effects are also required to be taken into account where not only two or more wind energy developments are visible from the same point, but also are visible shortly after each other along the same journey. Thus just because no other sites are visible from the proposed wind energy development site it should not be assumed there are not cumulative effects. (Companion Guide to PPS 22 para. 5.23, page 62) Cumulative effects are also required to be taken into account where not only two or more wind energy developments are visible from the same point, but also are visible shortly after each other along the same journey. Thus just because no other sites are visible from the proposed wind energy development site it should not be assumed there are not cumulative effects. (Companion Guide to PPS 22 para. 5.23, page 62)

20 There are at least NINE other proposals within a few miles of the section of A14 from Kettering to Catthorpe


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