Village summit to talk over turbine


New information linked to plans for a wind turbine one-and-half times the height of Nelson’s Column has refuelled a village’s anger over the project.

Residents of Ravensden called for an extraordinary public meeting to discuss the proposed turbine, which developers want to put by the water tower on Sunderland Hill.

Chairwoman of Ravensden Parish Council Helena Walker said the call for action came at the annual parish council meeting on Tuesday.

She said: “The parish council received additional information, drawings and photos, to the original planning application on Tuesday morning, just before the annual meeting.

“During parishioners’ question time it was briefly discussed and, due to public demand, it was agreed to hold a public meeting.”

More than 200 people objected to the original planning permission for the 78-metre turbine which was submitted in February last year by Offgrid Power Ltd, which wants to build the structure on land owned by local farmer Ted Wootton.

Mrs Walker said: “We just hoped it had died a death as we haven’t heard anything for a long time. All of a sudden we get a letter saying it’s back on.”

She added: “It’s unbelievable to think of that blot on the landscape.” The public meeting is on Friday, May 16, at 7.30pm, in Ravensden village hall.