Reassurances have been made by the council to concerned residents living near a proposed 95-metre-high wind turbine in Cippenham.
Property developer Barratt Southern Counties submitted an application to build the towering structure, 10 metres taller than the prominent M4 landmark, on its Eton Green development in Richards Way.
The application was received on Monday and will be placed on the council’s website for any residents to view within the next few days.
Gerry Wyld, head of planning and strategic policy at Slough Borough Council, said: “The idea of renewable energy generation in Slough is broadly supported by the council’s new Core Strategy for planning development in the town but there is no specific policy for large wind turbines.
“When making a decision, the Council Planning Committee will take into account its planning policies, government policy on promoting renewable energy and guidance on how to assess the affect of wind turbine proposals.”
If approved, the turbine will be built on the new estate where the developer has permission to build 300 homes.
Roger Rippon, Planning Consultant for Barrat Homes, said: “Energy generated by the turbine will be put into the local grid and over the course of one year could provide renewable energy for 1,500 homes in Cippenham and Slough. The nearest existing homes on the estate are within 120 metres of the proposed site for the tower.
“At the moment there are only a small number of homes in that area, but Barret are hoping to gain permission to build another 200 homes on the estate, so that number will rise.”
Cippenham Meadows councillor Satpal Parmar added: “Building a large turbine in Cippenham might have its obvious advantages such as creating power, but if it is built too close to residential homes, it could cause real problems.”
The planning application is expected to be considered later in the summer.
11 July 2008
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