The decision on whether West Berkshire will get its first wind turbine has been delayed.
The planning application for an 81m-high turbine next to the M4 at Baydon Meadow, Lambourn Woodlands, has been transferred to committee level at West Berkshire Council.
A final yes or no was expected this month, but will not come until August.
Council spokeswoman Peta Stoddart-Crompton explained: “Due to the complexities of this application extra time has been allowed for consultation to ensure that there is enough information to allow members to make an informed decision.”
The plans – likely to cost more than £1m – come from husband and wife duo Matt and Rachel Partridge and are a resubmission of a five-year-old application which was rejected because of the detrimental impact it would have on the surrounding area.
The turbine could provide enough clean electricity to supply 640 typical UK homes – about one-third of all homes in Baydon and Lambourn.
A website has been set up to promote the community ownership of the turbine at www.baydonmeadow.co.uk
The South East of England Regional Assembly has written to West Berkshire Council to confirm that the Baydon Meadow proposal does not conflict with either the adopted or the emerging Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS).
The report assessed the proposal against 14 adopted and emerging regional policies and concluded that the wind turbine would not “materially conflict” and would contribute to the sub-regional renewable energy target for 2010.
By Carla Payne, Reporter
19 July 2007
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