Why we say NO!
- Environmental Damage
- poor wind speeds
- no reduction in CO2 emissions
- Invasive noise - night & day
- Health impact
- Shadow flicker / strobe effect
- Industrialisation of our beautiful countryside
- Death of wildlife
- Negative impact on leisure & recreation
The landscape around Towcester and in the Tove valley in particular is a precious resource. It is a landscape which has historical and cultural importance as well as including woodland, natural features and farming. This countryside is in great jeopardy from the plans of Gamesa. If the wind farm goes ahead, this landscape will be changed forever and can never be returned to its present state. The loss of this natural legacy for future generations is too great a price to pay.
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Wind turbines would impact on our landscape in 4 major ways:
Click here for more details on Visual Dominance.
Wider Landscape Impact
The impact of the proposed wind farm on the landscape goes beyond the visual impact, and the sensitivity of the landscape to development is a particular issue. Landscape sensitivity is conventionally assessed in terms of:
Landscapes are important to communities for a variety of reasons. Natural England believes that:
“Landscape is important, not just as scenery but because it links culture with nature, and the past with the present. It has many values, not all of them tangible (such as sense of place); and it matters to people – it is people who create and value landscape” Natural England- Landscape.
How will Gamesa’s proposed site affect our landscape?
Any planning application that will affect the character, appearance and setting of a Conservation Area should be given particular attention.
The proposed Gamesa site will without question affect the Conservation areas within Alderton, Towcester, Grafton Regis and Stoke Bruerne.
Planning applications in Conservation areas must be sympathetic to the character of the area in design, scale and materials.
It is difficult to see how 126 metre high white metallic wind turbines could be sympathetic to thatched cottage villages. South Northants- Conservation Areas.
Ancillary Buildings, On-Site Roads and Highway Development
See Construction Impact for details of how this will impact on the landscape of the Tove Valley and surrounding villages.
In addition there will be serious implications for flooding as the site proposed by Gamesa is on a natural flood plain and the quantity of concrete that will be poured into the valley as foundations for the wind turbines will surely rechannel a good deal of the flood water with disastrous consequences for both local residents as well as wildlife.
The site proposed for the Gamesa wind farm currently receives Government funds for the environmental protection of the land.
To quote Natural England:
“Environmental Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme that provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England to deliver effective environmental management on your land.”
It seems beyond belief that we as Tax payers have been funding this land to protect it but now because there is a more lucrative subsidy scheme; its environmental importance is of no consequence.
The site also receives government monies for a Countryside Stewardship. To quote Natural England:
“Countryside Stewardship was introduced as a pilot scheme in England in 1991 and operates outside the Environmentally Sensitive Areas. Payments are made to farmers and other land managers to enhance and conserve English landscapes, their wildlife and history and to help people to enjoy them.”
Leisure and Recreation Impact