Windfarm battle may be over after nearly four years

Orchard Way wind farm
Orchard Way wind farm

A three-and-a-half-year battle over a new windfarm outside Milton Keynes has ended with the government throwing out the plans.

RWE Innology had planned to build five turbines at Orchard Way in Haversham and Little Linford.

Each of the turbines would have been 127 metres tall, or roughly the same size as the London Eye. These would have been 650m from local homes.

Although the scheme was originally rejected by the 
Milton Keynes Development Control Committee 18 months ago, RWE appealed against the decision.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has now intervened to make the 
decision himself, although RWE Innology could still launch a judicial review.

Pam Williams, chairman of the Stop Haversham Wind Farm Action Group, said:

“Our village is a peaceful haven for residents of north Milton Keynes and beyond, where 
walking, riding, bird-
watching, fishing and other leisure pursuits are enjoyed.”

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, 
supported the campaign.

He said: “I’m delighted that common sense has prevailed and that the government has delivered on its pledge of not allowing developers to run roughshod over the wishes of local people.”