Residents in Oakhill, East Horrington and Binegar are being asked for their opinions on the proposed construction of a new wind turbine near to the Slab House Inn but the site is not considered close enough to warrant feedback from Wells residents.
The proposed turbine development area is located in a semi-rural area between the towns of Wells and Shepton Mallet to the south and the B3139 Bath Road and B3135 Roemead Road cross-roads to the north.
Gurney Slade, Ashwick and Oakhill lie approximately 3km east. Approximately 2km to the west are the villages of West Horrington and Haydon.
The site is immediately surrounded by agricultural land with occasional scattered trees. A belt of forestry is present approximately 1km south east of the site. There are no Statutory Rural Designations within or immediately adjacent to site.
The proposal by Clearwinds is for the erection of a single wind turbine with a maximum rated capacity of 2,30MW for a duration of 25 years. The turbine will have a maximum hub height of 60m and a tip height of up to 95m.
The scheme will help to contribute towards the UK target of 15% of energy from renewables by 2020.
Following the consultation process, all comments received from local residents will be reviewed, this feedback will help guide the project. A planning application will then be prepared and submitted to Mendip District Council. The application will be accompanied by a Compendium of Environmental Reports which will identify any environmental issues and where necessary mitigation measures proposed. The application will also be accompanied with the relevant planning documents and drawings and will include a Planning Statement; Design and Access Statement; and obligations towards Community Benefits Package.
Once the application has been submitted the Council will carry out its own consultation process involving statutory consultees and stakeholders such as Natural England.
Members of the public including Wells residents, will have an opportunity to make their views known to the Council.
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