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Wind farm firm want extension  

Credit:  www.getwokingham.co.uk 19 August 2010 ~~

The firm wanting to build a wind farm between Arborfield and Earley is requesting a device used to measure wind speed be kept on site a further 18 months.

Partnerships for Renewables (PfR) has filed plans with Wokingham Borough Council asking for an extension to the time it is allowed to keep a 70-metre high anemometer on land close to the site for the proposed wind farm at Rushy Mead.

In 2008, PfR was granted permission by the authority to install the device at Underwood Farm, which is south of Lower Earley Way and adjacent to Rushy Mead, so tests could be carried out on local wind speeds.

However, in allowing the anemometer to be installed the council imposed a condition requiring the tool to be removed from the site within two years of it being fitted.

This means it must be removed, and the site returned to its former condition, by December.

PfR is asking for an 18-month extension, until June 2012, so the wind can be monitored until any decision is made regarding the proposed four turbine wind farm.

An application for the development is expected to be with the council this autumn.

In a letter accompanying PfR’s application, Marcus Beddoe, head of planning and technical services, said: “Whilst sufficient wind speed data has been collected to confirm the wind resource at the site, the applicant wishes to continue monitoring the wind regime for a further period until a project for a wind energy development on adjoining land is complete.”

Source:  www.getwokingham.co.uk 19 August 2010

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