Greatworth residents who believed a five-year-long battle against a wind farm on the outskirts of the village was over may have another fight on their hands.
Cheers could be heard in December as residents celebrated the Secretary of State’s decision to go against recommendations for five 125m high wind turbines at Spring Farm Ridge.
But the mood will now be more subdued as Broadview Energy lodged an appeal to the High Court on January 28 to quash Eric Pickles’ decision.
The firm’s proposals are for land towards the nearby villages of Helmdon and Sulgrave.
Broadview Energy says it has ‘identified a number of concerns about the manner in which the decision was taken’. It says that the scale of the intervention by the Secretary of State in on shore wind farms is unprecedented.
Managing Director Jeffrey Corrigan said: “The decision by the Secretary of State is wrong in terms of planning and it is wrong in terms of energy policy. The fact that two independent planning inspectors, who have demonstrated a balanced view in determining wind farms, have separately seen fit to approve the project demonstrates that it is well designed and in compliance with the relevant policies.
“Spring Farm Ridge and many of the other onshore wind projects refused by Eric Pickles could have provided renewable energy to the UK at a competitive price.
“Instead the Government is signing contracts to purchase offshore wind to meet its renewable energy and carbon reduction targets at almost twice the price of on-shore wind. This will cost consumers hundreds of millions of pounds for many years to come”.
Banbury Guardian –06 February 2015