Controversy over Battle of Loos wind farm plans


The remains of British soldiers could be disturbed if a plan to build a wind farm on the site of the Loos battlefield goes ahead.

The Daily Mirror reports that Energy firm InnoVent wants to build 10 turbines on the site of the 1915 battle.

The newspaper adds that the Leicestershire Regiment alone lost more than 500 men during the battle and quotes military historian Richard Lane, who said: ‘There are likely to be the remains of those who died which could be disturbed.’

Plans for the wind farm were submitted by the French firm last year but only emerged last week following a public meeting in Calais.

The final decision on whether it can be built lies with region Nord Pas de Calais.

InnoVent spokesman Clement Prouvost said: ‘We will keep turbines a minimum distance of 600 yards from cemeteries.’

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