Decision due on Woolfox wind farm plans

A representation of the RES Woolffox Wind Farm seen from Main Street, Clipsham. EMN-150403-122214001

A representation of the RES Woolffox Wind Farm seen from Main Street, Clipsham. EMN-150403-122214001

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Councillors will decide whether or not to approve plans for a wind farm at a special meeting tonight (December 10).

Rutland County Council’s development control and licensing committee will consider RES’s application to build nine turbines on the Woolfox Airfield site at Rutland County Museum at 6pm.

Rutland MP Alan Duncan shows his support for the Woolfox Wind Farm Action Group

Rutland MP Alan Duncan shows his support for the Woolfox Wind Farm Action Group

The plans have attracted strong local opposition, and planning officers seem to have taken the views of the objectors on board. They have recommended that councillors refuse to grant planning permission because of the impact the turbines would have on the landscape and local heritage.

A separate application from RES to place solar panels on the same site is still being considered.

The meeting would normally be held at the council offices, but has been moved to the museum due to the considerable local interest. The council will operate a ticketing system to allocate seating for members of the public who want to attend.

Tickets are still available and can be collected in advance from the council’s customer service area at Catmose. Any remaining tickets will be dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis at the meeting.

The meeting will also be shown live via a video feed on the council’s website, www.rutland.gov.uk, with extra seating and screens available in the council chamber should the museum reach capacity.