Plan for Watford Gap wind farm is revealed

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A Spanish wind farm company has revealed plans for a new development in Northamptonshire.

Gamesa has submitted plans to Daventry District Council to build five turbines close to the Watford Gap service station, west of Long Buckby.

The development, which would be known as the Watford Gap Renewable Energy Park, would be operational for a maximum of 25 years.

It would feature five turbines, which would all be 415ft tall.

In documents submitted to the council by Gamesa, the company admitted such a development may not be welcomed by everyone in the area.

They said: “The wind turbines will be present in many views from public footpaths and other rights of way in the vicinity of the site, and this change is likely to be a significant visual effect within 2km–3km of the development site.

“ Whether this is perceived as adverse or beneficial depends upon the attitude of the viewer.”

The company had planned to build a seven-turbine wind farm on the site in 2011, but has now scaled back the plan.

The company said the five turbines would create enough energy to power 4,326 houses a year.

They also said farming would continue on the site after the turbines have been built.

Members of Daventry District Council’s planning committee are expected to decide whether the plan should go ahead in the coming months.