The company planning to erect a huge wind turbine – almost as high as Blackpool Tower – to the south of Garstang has revealed the latest preparations in its plans.
Before it goes ahead with the £1.7 million, 127 metre high, turbine scheme, Lancaster-based Wind Direct wants to test the wind speeds at the site next to the Dew-Lay factory on the A6 between Garstang and Churchtown.
To accurately measure the wind speeds, which will help determine the most suitable turbine for the site, Wind Direct wants to site a 60m high wind monitoring mast there first of all.
Wind Direct’s development officer Rosanna Scurr said: “The purpose of this is to gauge accurate wind speeds on-site, taking into account factors such as trees and buildings.
“This will allow us to procure the most suitable turbine for the site if planning permission is received, once an application for a wind turbine is submitted.”
The application for the actual wind turbine is likely to be submitted next month.
The wind monitoring mast, technically known as an anemometry mast, is likely to be removed before the turbine is constructed.
The wind turbine tower will be 80m high. Including the blade it will be 127m to tip height.
Details of the wind monitoring mast application can be seen at www.wyrebc.gov.uk/Page.aspx?PgeID=13266
* An application by a Cornish-based company for two wind turbines near Eagland Hill is expected to be submitted within the next few months.
Plans have also been submitted for smaller wind turbine schemes at Nateby Primary School and St Johns CE Primary School.
7 February 2008
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