Northamptonshire wind farm: Council will challenge plans in court

A legal challenge is to be launched in the High Court against the decision to allow a wind farm to be built in the south of Northamptonshire.

Broadview Energy Ltd wants to build five turbines at Spring Farm Ridge between Helmdon and Greatworth.

South Northamptonshire Council and Greatworth parish councillor Veronica Ward are set to challenge the company in court.

Broadview Energy said it was "disappointed" about the legal bid.

South Northamptonshire Council initially rejected the plans, but that decision was overturned by the Planning Inspectorate in July.

The authority said it believed the wind farm would have a major impact on the landscape and many heritage buildings in the area.

Stephen Clarke, chairman of the development control committee, said: "Wind energy is important, but it has to be in the right place and should not have a negative impact on the community or the countryside, and we believe this was not taken fully into account at the appeal."

Broadview Energy said the legal challenge would create delays and significant costs for all parties.

Jeffrey Corrigan, managing director, said: "This is disappointing at a time when council resources are under pressure, there is a pressing need to increase the deployment of onshore wind across the country to improve our energy security, and infrastructure investment is needed to kickstart the economy."

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