Wind turbine planning success

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Wind turbine planning success

February 2012

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The planning team at Fisher German's Ashby office has achieved planning permission for a Medium Scale Wind Turbine (50 metres to hub, 67 metres to tip) on behalf of Temporis Wind Ltd.

The application site is open agricultural land located adjacent to the west of the client’s farm to the south of Farnsfield in the district of Newark and Sherwood adjacent to a Scheduled Ancient Monument 'Combs Farm Camp' and north of a lane designated as a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT). 
 
This application sought full planning permission for a single 67m tall wind turbine (50m hub height) with a generating capacity of 330kW, and ancillary works to facilitate the construction and operation of the turbine. The turbine is intended to provide power direct to the farm, with any additional requirements/surplus passed through to the grid, producing a total output the equivalent consumption of over 190 dwellings per annum and therefore make a substantial contribution to the amount of electricity used by the farm. 
 
The choice of turbine and its siting within the farmer's land ownership was informed by a feasibility report completed by Fisher German in assessing technical and non-technical constraints including a wind speed analysis, telecommunication and air traffic implications, grid connections, financial implications as well as proximity to sensitive receptors including housing, and ecological habitat features. 
 
The submitted application and supporting documentation, including support and information derived from the feasibility report demonstrated the limited affects on visual amenity, heritage assets and the recreational footpath network. 

Impacting only upon the regional context for landscape and a national context of reduced carbon emissions, and with considered monitoring of the application, a positive decision was reached by the local authority. 
 
Fisher German also screened the development of the proposed wind turbine under the Town and Country Planning Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations.
 
Further to the DECC announcement on the comprehensive review of feed-in tariffs for non-PV technologies earlier this month, certainty is re-established on the proposed feed-in tariff rates maintaining medium scale wind as strong investment opportunity.

For further information, contact Alan Hardwick on 01530 410859 email alan.hardwick@fishergerman.co.uk
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