Opposition to Northamptonshire wind farm near M1 motorway

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People who live close to a proposed wind farm site near to the M1 motorway have attacked plans to build the development near the Watford Gap service station in Northamptonshire.

Documents for the Watford Gap Renewable Energy Park show five turbines could be built close to the motorway - a reduction from a 2011 plan which would have seen seven turbines built on the land.

The Chron revealed last month that the plans had been submitted to Daventry District Council by the Spanish energy firm, Gamesa.

However the reduction in the number of turbines seems not to have gone far enough for the majority of people living in villages close to the proposed wind farm site.

Dr Ross Spall, the chairman of Watford Parish Council, said: “I just do not know how much more this village can take.

“If this one gets granted approval I don’t know what people will do.

“There are too many wind turbines in this area.

“We have objected but I don’t think it will make much difference.”

Long Buckby Parish Council also held a meeting on Monday to discuss the plans and have objected to them.

Alan Webb, the vice chairman of Long Buckby Parish Council, said: “There is a lot of talk that there is a need for some renewable energy and there are some councillors who feel these type of things are needed.

“However there are simply too many in and around this immediate area.

“I feel very sorry for the people of Watford as they are surrounded by these turbines in the village.

“There are also the turbines at Yelvertoft and Lilbourne which can be seen from Watford.”

The proposed wind farm would be operational for a maximum of 25 years.

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

Gamesa has said the wind farm would generate enough energy to power 4,326 houses a year.

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

A decision on the planning application is set to be made by the planning committee of Daventry District Council later this year.

An exact date for when the decision will be made by the council has not yet been decided.