A mast for measuring wind speeds was installed on a site near Bottesford and Normanton at the weekend – less than half-a-mile away from another site where planning permission for a ten-turbine wind farm was turned down.
The 60m temporary anenometer mast was put up by Oxon-based firm Ridgewind to measure wind speed and direction.
Depending on results, the firm could submit a planning application to build turbines on the site.
Should a planning application be submitted, it will be considered by Melton Borough Council, which objected to an application by Infinergy to build 10 turbines close to the two villages.
This application was rejected by South Kesteven District Council in March.
Campaign group BLOT – Belvooir Locals Opposing Turbines – which successfully fought against the Infinergy wind farm have vowed to fight again.
A spokesman said: “Wind developers claim to be champions against climate change, yet the need for two masts for measuring the wind is ludicrous.
“The two sites are less than half-a-kilometre apart and the absurdity of the situation highlights the lengths to which these businesses will go.”
Ridgewind project manager Ben Moore said the project is in its initial stages.
He said: “Studies for each of the various components of a potential wind farm application are ongoing at the site.
“It is impossible to say when an application may be submitted as it depends on the outcome of the studies.
“Before any application we will hold public exhibitions in the area.”
By Jo Hall
24 April 2008
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