Shepham Wind Farm decision this week

The turbines off Shepham Lane
The turbines off Shepham Lane

Plans for the Shepham Wind Farm have been recommended for approval and are due to be decided by Wealden planners on Wednesday (May 8).

Galliford Try Renewables (GTR) wants to build three turbines on fields and woodland north of Polegate.

The original application, for five wind turbines was withdrawn last July amid concerns from Wealden Council and South Downs National Park.

The first proposal received much opposition and GTR said it had listened carefully to feedback from the original application.

However, residents are still strongly objecting to the new plans and Wealden District Council had received 235 individual letters of objection from 191 residents. An number of additional standardised letters were also submitted to the council by local people.

The letters detail many concerns including the visual impact to the nearby South Downs National Park, noise, vibrations and their close proximity to homes.

Town and parish councils surrounding the area, including Polegate, Westham and Willingdon also objected to the plan.

A spokesperson from the Stop Shepham Wind Farm group said, “Tourism would be harmed, particularly for those wishing to enjoy the historical and environmental significance of the area.”

There were 29 individual letters of support from residents and a standardised letter of support was signed by 359 people.

Andrew Durling, a spokesperson from Yes to Polegate Wind Farm, said he and fellow campaigners would be present at the meeting and added, “We feel that we as local residents, by supporting the wind farm, are playing our part in the clean energy revolution.”

If approved by Wealden’s planning committee on May 8, GTR says its three 377ft (115m) turbines will generate enough to power 4,000 homes over a year.