Wind Farm

On a hot summers day in 2007 a lot of activity was taking place in a field about 1/2 from our flying site. A few members went over to find out what was happening and were told that a 200ft high mast was going to be erected for monitoring the weather in the area. As we have 2 power stations within 3 miles we were not alarmed as the mast did not interfere with our flying or was deemed to be a threat to our flying site.
On 1st April 2009 the reason for the weather mast became apparent, a wind turbine company called Prowind had submitted a planning application for 18 turbines 180ft high in fields adjacent to our field which would make flying impossible.

The RMFC committee were on very fast learning curve as to what the situation could mean for the club and what to do to fight the planning application.
Firstly the council were contacted who were not aware of our club even though we had changed the use of land from agricultural to recreational and gained planning permission for flying model aircraft.
We contacted the local parish council, John Mann MP and our local county council member to seek help on fighting the planning application.
We joined forces with the local community by attending a meeting in nearby Leverton objecting to the turbines.

 

The BMFA pledge their help with advice and a plan of action
The sports council were actively involved through their planning dept
Other model clubs and associations objected to the council on our behalf
Thank you to you all and everyone that wrote a letter of objection.

Although there was a very detailed report completed on behalf of the turbine company there was no mention of our flying site with planning permission.

RMFC started to look for a new flying site in case the application was approved; we located another field and started to negotiate with the land owner.

Planning permission was not granted so PW lodged an appeal. During this period nothing happens only the appeal team visited the area to gain an understanding of the impact these turbines would have on the locality. Then the public hearing would take place.

 

The BMFA pledge their help with advice and a plan of action
The sports council were actively involved through their planning dept
Other model clubs and associations objected to the council on our behalf
Thank you to you all and everyone that wrote a letter of objection.

 

As we awaited the outcome the feeling was within the area was that the turbines had won and would be erected.

On the day of the result an announcement was made that the appeal would be extended by 7 days

After the wait the appeal was not granted NO WIND TURBINES

But this was not the end

A year on and there is a further application for just 3 turbines but this all fell through as we were again ready for the fight

Hopefully it's all over now with flying at Leverton continuing for years to come