CAMPAIGNERS against the proposed wind turbine at Woodborough Park Farm will hold a public meeting in Woodborough Village Hall on Tuesday 21 June at 8pm. The group has also been making door-to-door deliveries of leaflets and pro-forma letters of objection which can be forwarded to the planning authorities.
The project has been submitted to Gedling Borough Council for planning permission, following approval by Woodborough Parish Council at its meeting on 6 June (see our report on that meeting). The campaign group against the turbine, wacat (Woodborough and Calverton Against Turbines) reports on its website that Gedling has extended the consultation period over the planning application to the end of June.
The actual planning application is for “Erection of 1 medium sized wind turbine with a generating capacity of 330kw. The turbine is 50m to hub height and has a rotor diameter of 33m giving a total ground to tip height of 66.5m. Ancillary development comprises a permanent access track and crane pad.”
Among the many documents lodged with Gedling Borough in support of the application are site location maps, specifications and drawings of the turbine, and assessments of both noise and visual impact. A number of photomontage images and a map showing where the turbine would be visible can be found in this 20-page document (PDF, 3.5Mb).
The noise assessment document observes that the existing background noise in the area is characterised by “limited local and distant road traffic, occasional aircraft flyovers and birdsong“, and provides data on the turbine manufacturer’s noise output predictions. This document concludes that: “the proposed wind turbine should not have any unacceptable noise impact on the nearest noise sensitive receptors“.
A report on the community consultation meeting held at the Colonel Frank Seely school in Calverton on 10 May 2011 can be found here.