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Why we say NO!

  • Environmental Damage
  • Inefficiency
    • poor wind speeds
    • underperformance
    • 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

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Tove Valley - Viewpoint

 

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Landscape Impact

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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Turbine Impact

Wind turbines would impact on our landscape in 4 major ways:

  • The visual impact of the turbines themselves. The 8 turbines proposed by Gamesa for the Tove Valley wind farm would be more than 413 feet high (or 126M).
  • This is three times the height of an average electricity pylon, more than twice the height of Nelson’s column, six times the height of the Angel of the North, and about the same as the National lift tower in Northampton (128 metres) which dominates the landscape for miles around.
  • Ancillary buildings and substations – it isn’t just the turbines, but the supporting buildings that will also be required.
  • On-site roads scarring natural landscape – the infrastructure to allow the turbines to be installed and maintained will require considerable road construction.
  • Off-site highway development as existing infrastructure is inadequate and will need to be widened and upgraded. There is currently no major access to the proposed Tove Valley wind farm.

Visual Impact

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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:

  • Landscape
  • Biodiversity
  • Cultural Heritage

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?

  • The proposed Gamesa wind farm site is bordered by Alderton, Towcester, Grafton Regis and Stoke Bruerne – all of which have Conservation Areas; as well as the Scheduled Monument ‘The Mount’ at Alderton.
  • The proposed Gamesa wind farm site is bordered by Stoke Park Pavillions, The Easton Neston Estate, Towcester Race Course and The Mount – all of which have invaluable historic importance to the local landscape.
  • The area directly to the north east and bordering the proposed Gamesa site is considered to be a highly sensitive landscape by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). All of the current Historic Assets of the Tove Valley would be affected by the Gamesa wind farm:
    • Alderton, Towcester, Grafton Regis and Stoke Bruerne, The Mount, Stoke Park Pavillions, The Easton Neston Estate, Towcester Race Course.
    The Tove Valley is surrounded by sites of such importance.
  • The Towcester landscape study observed that ridge and furrow earthworks produced by medieval cultivation “are now a rare archaeological resource.” Nationally there has been an extreme loss of these landscapes and there is a pressing need “to create a sustainable future for what little remains.” The proposed wind farm site includes a designated Ridge and Furrow area.

Conservation Areas

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.”

Natural England- farming funding.

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.”

Natural England- farming funding- closed schemes.

Leisure and Recreation Impact

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