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The Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm is located 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) west of Lydd on Romney Marsh. It was built by npower renewables and cost around £50 million. The 26 wind turbines, each 115 metres (377 ft) high, are distributed over an area of 4 km2 (1.5 sq mi) with peak generation of 59.8 MW.[1]

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm
Wind Turbines and Power Lines, East Sussex, England - April 2009.jpg
Little Cheyne Court wind farm, close to power lines running to Dungeness Nuclear Power Station
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
LocationRomney Marsh
Coordinates50°57′45″N 00°49′13″E / 50.96250°N 0.82028°E / 50.96250; 0.82028Coordinates: 50°57′45″N 00°49′13″E / 50.96250°N 0.82028°E / 50.96250; 0.82028
StatusOperational
Commission dateApril 2009
Power generation
Units operational26 x 2.3 MW
Make and modelNordex: N90
Nameplate capacity59.8 MW
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Opposition to the windfarmEdit

The site has proved controversial and has been opposed by parish, district and county councils, the local MP and other groups as detrimental to the visual appearance of the Marsh[2] and a threat to wildlife. However, they were overruled by Central Government, and the turbines were erected in the period June - October 2008.[1] The DTI indicated that a significant number of local people submitted comments in favour of the project, whilst a consistent 70% to 80% of the UK public support wind farms.[3] Some local campaigners still oppose the development, attracting accusations of "rural nimbyism" and being under the "sinister" influence of the nuclear lobby.[4] Conversely, campaigners for the siting attract accusations of "professional" self-interest and of hiding behind the truism that obviously renewable energy is beneficial.

The RSPB[5] CPRE Kent and English Nature [6] all objected to the use of this particular site as a wind farm on environmental grounds. The proximity of the site to the internationally important RSPB reserve and the land's status as an SSSI were particularly controversial.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm". RWE Innogy. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.yes2wind.com/debunk.html[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.bwea.com/pdf/briefings/attitudes-2005.pdf
  4. ^ "Polly Toynbee: Countryside alliance". The Guardian. London.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2012-09-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)