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Wind-farm threat to Kent church

01 March 2013


At ease: a view of the Cheyne Court wind farm on Romney Marsh, Kent

At ease: a view of the Cheyne Court wind farm on Romney Marsh, Kent

A 13TH-CENTURY listed church is under "serious threat" if plans go ahead to build wind turbines in the Romney Marsh area of Kent, campaigners say.

The Save Our Marsh - Block Rural Exploitation group are protesting against proposals to build more wind turbines in Romney Marsh, which, they say, will result in the area's becoming "an industrialised wasteland".

The group said that St Augustine's, a 13th-century listed church, would be "blighted" by plans by Ecotricity to build wind turbines in the hamlet of Snave.

"Just a few hundred metres from the proposed site, the church tower will stand in the shadow of the massive 125-metre structures," the group said in a statement. "Despite already having one of England's largest on-shore wind farms at Little Cheyne Court . . . several [Romney] Marsh parishes are under renewed consideration. . . Two schemes are in the planning stages, and a 60-hectare solar park, close to St Clement's at Old Romney, has already been approved.

"A major fear is [that] if such expansion continues unchecked, Romney Marsh will soon become an industrialised wasteland, with one of the largest concentrations of on-shore turbines and solar farms anywhere in the country."

Ecotricity said in a statement that Snave had been "identified as an excellent site for wind energy, with enough resource to provide clean green electricity to power the equivalent of 9800 homes a year. . .

"Environmental assessment for the development is ongoing, and all potential impacts will be assessed thoroughly. It is expected that an application will be submitted to Shepway District Council in mid-2013."

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