About this Website

The setting of the Henley Bridge changes forever
4th April 2015: Wind Farm construction plant , with the  iconic Grade II listed Henley (aka Pulpit) Bridge in the foreground. (click to enlarge)

This independent non-profit website operates as a community service for local residents seeking and sharing information about the construction, commissioning and future operation of the Watford Lodge Wind Farm, located just outside the village of Watford, Northamptonshire.

This website has no connection with the current wind farm developers Broadview Energy, the originators of the planning application Volkswind UK or the landowner.

At the outset Volkswind UK publicly expressed a desire to engage positively with local people and keep them informed. They previously operated a ‘Community Consultation Website’ from this web address, which disappeared abruptly late in 2014. That website stated:

“We feel we have a commitment to keep the local community informed of our proposed wind farm near Watford in Northants. We have thus created this website in order to involve you in the development process and to let you have your say.”

An archived version of that previous site can be viewed by clicking here.

In late autumn of 2014 management of the consented Watford Lodge site apparently passed to Broadview Energy.  At  the time of writing Broadview has  not  publicly acknowledged  that they are developing the site.  This is despite the fact that they actually commenced construction in December 2014.

The ‘Communities’ page of the Broadview Energy  website  states that the company has a policy of establishing  a ‘dedicated’ website to provide information about each of their developments.

Specifically, they say :

Broadview prides itself on undertaking a thorough, open and transparent approach to community engagement as it is important to work closely with all interested parties likely to be affected by the development of a wind farm.  On all of our sites we aim to build strong relationships with local communities from an early stage in the development process, and then maintain these throughout the lifetime of the project.

Broadview has not delivered the promised community website and has not provided any meaningful information about their plans. This independent forum therefore allows local people to share news and exchange views.

Please share this site’s web address with your local social media contacts to spread the word!

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9 thoughts on “About this Website”

  1. Already a vast scab on the landscape, rather different to the story that Gamesa once gave out about temporary access tracks.
    The laying of associated cables passing through Watford Village this summer will cause upset and difficulties for the residents until August. No mention of the windfarm was mentioned on the circular delivered to explain our summer season of chaotic noise. dirt, traffic lights, et cetera.

  2. How can it be, that the construction work has been going on for almost three months and yet most residents are completely unaware that construction has commenced?

  3. why when building a house in a beautiful area, usually a conservation area, the powers that be want you to pick the right stone or brick to fit in with the land it is situated,usually at great expense to you or I. Yet the wind farm company can scar the beautiful landscape with working roads that are white. White sticks out like a sore thumb. Least try and blend in a little.

  4. I just love wind turbines; we should just all be happy, Sheila comments just goes to show that there isn’t a problem here. I love living here

  5. The building of this wind-farm represents the complete failure of the democratic system. The Parish Council were against it; The District Council voted against it. Over 90% of the village were against it. The wind -farm was imposed on this community by an official from the Planning Inspectorate who had no democratic mandate at all. The lack of efficiency of wind-farms, and their failure to supply power when it is needed most is known and universally derided. They exist solely for the economic advantage of those who develop them and those upon whose land they stand. Their size and constant movement means that they will always dominate the historic landscape upon which they are imposed, and the scale and depth of their concrete bases means that the land can never again be returned to the plough. The instant urbanisation that they bring with them constitutes the greatest threat that the British countryside, for so long the envy of the world, has ever had to face. A tiny hand-full of individuals will grow rich, whilst impoverishing the lives , devaluing the property, and ruining the rural environment of the remainder of the community.

  6. Be interesting to see if they keep to their promises made in the planning hearing on all aspects that they impact on including people, wildlife and the countryside…..having found them rotten to the core and a total amateur outlook i very much doubt it….lets hope DDC have balls and enforce their promises and commitment.

    1. You should use website to contact the wind developers direct and not rely on the wee man at DDC who im sure will not follow up with inspections like a house build at various stages to ensure promises and commitments are being followed…. instead any questions to DDC im convinced now will get a frosty reception.

  7. In the interests of balance and for this website to retain it’s credibility, i think it’s only fair to point out that the photograph of the ‘spoil heap’ adjacent to the Old Lodge, off the gated road to Crick is in fact the farmers own muck heap.

    1. Hi 123

      Thanks for pointing this out. We have amended the caption below the photo on our Complaints page to make it clear that the pile of material deposited adjacent to the Old Lodge is a large ‘muck heap’ rather than a spoil heap.

      The photo in question will be removed in the next few days as part of a general refresh of the page layout.


      The Webmaster

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