Protesters slam fresh wind farm scheme

Stop Salden Turbines protesters with MP John Bercow (rt)
Stop Salden Turbines protesters with MP John Bercow (rt)

Developers have been accused of dirty tactics after putting in a controversial planning application for a wind farm near Mursley over the Christmas holiday period.

North Bucks Wind Energy, a subsidiary company of renewable energy developer West Coast Energy, is asking for the go-ahead to put four turbines, each 115m high, on farmland just 900m from homes at the hamlet of Salden in the parish of Mursley, between Drayton Parslow and Newton Longville.

NBWE says the wind farm is projected to generate enough renewable electricity to fuel the equivalent of 5,350 homes and would bring in more than £1.3 million in community benefit funds over its lifetime.

The application follows a public exhibition in Drayton Parslow in October.

Dean Jackson, a member of the neighbouring SDLT action group, said: “This was not a nice thing to find in your stocking. It went on the AVDC planning portal on Christmas Eve!”

A campaign has been launched to fight the turbines. Stop Salden Turbines, formed by local residents has local MP John Bercow as president and it is calling on residents to send objection letters to AVDC.

Giles Peppiatt, chairman of SST, said: “We are doing our best to raise awareness about this issue. We want people to write individual letters of objection which holds more weight than a petition

“This site is totally ill-suited for wind turbines. It’s crossed by public footpaths and gas pipelines and there is an ancient wood which is home to a huge colony of bats.

“The site is very constrained and there are only about four possible locations available for the turbines - and that isn’t the right position for them.

“We are reasonably confident that AVDC will reject the scheme especially in light of their decision at Dorcas Lane. The case has to be judged on planning merits and not on what bribes the applicant is offering.”

Steve Salt, planning and public affairs director at West Coast Energy, said: “We look forward to a continued engagement with the community as the application progresses through the planning system.”

To view and comment online visit Enter Planning & Building to view planning applications. Search for Cowpasture

Farm or enter planning application 13/03455/APP.

For more information about SST visit the group’s website It is likely that the scheme will go before planners in about eight to ten weeks.