- They would dominate and adversely affect the landscape character of the area - particularly its open rural character.
- They would adversely affect the historic landscape setting by introducing massive, intrusive, industrial forms out of scale and out of keeping with historic buildings, field patterns and views.
- The construction / commissioning phase would last approx. 12 months and would involve deliveries of huge quantities of ready-mixed concrete for the foundations - potentially 25-30 truck deliveries a day - as well as larger vehicles delivering turbine sections.
- The proposed development would "open up" the surrounding area to further wind farm development - to the detriment of its landscape and historic rural character.
- The underlying motive for building them is primarily to enable Ecotricity to take advantage of the exceptional levels of subsidy currently available to wind farm developers.
- In view of the profits to be made on the back of the currently available subsidies, we believe that the environmental advantages of the proposed wind farm may be overstated.
- They would create noise by day and night, thereby reducing the peaceful character of the area to the detriment of local residents - with possible adverse health implications
- There are potential health and safety risks for turbines collapsing
- They will have adversely effects on birdlife, bats and may also affect radio and mobile phones.
- There are potential problems due to sunlight flickering on the rotating blades.
- They would have no significant economic benefit to the local economy.
- They will adversely affect the amenity value and hence prices and saleability of local houses.
As well as the visual impact there are significant concerns with regard to the ecology and the effect on the wildlife in the area. Particular concerns about bats and bird life have been raised.
academics and the European Commission have all raised similar concerns."