Infinergy withdraws Vectis Wind Farm appeal

After careful consideration, Infinergy have decided to withdraw the appeal for the five-turbine Vectis Wind Farm on the Isle of Wight, south of Wellow and Thorley.

The decision was taken following the findings of the latest technical assessments for the wind farm.

In preparation for the appeal against Isle of Wight Council’s refusal, Infinergy took advice from their noise consultants, onshore wind acoustics specialists Hayes McKenzie, to undertake a further noise survey. This enabled the noise impacts of the wind farm to be evaluated in line with the current best practice guidelines, which have evolved since the initial noise assessment was undertaken. The purpose of the additional assessment was to confirm that the Vectis Wind Farm proposal remained compliant with current regulations. Unfortunately results have shown that the proposal in its current form is not able to meet the required limits.

Development Director Richard Hillam said: “It is a huge disappointment that we are withdrawing the appeal. However, as responsible developers we do our utmost to develop the right project in the right place. We have had to make difficult decisions arising from the assessment results and need to assess future options for the site.”

Mr Hillam continued: “We have considered alternative layouts within the boundaries of the current proposal but due to the constraints on site we decided that none of these provided a viable solution that we were happy to take forward.”

Mr Hillam concluded: “We would like to thank the many people on the Isle of Wight who are in favour of the wind farm for their support, this has been invaluable.”

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