Proposals have been submitted to build a 252-feet high wind turbine in Waltham-on-the-Wolds.
The turbine is proposed to be built at Station Farm in Station Road.
Applicants Craig and Neil Birch, of landowners AR Birch & Son, initially want to erect a temporary 50m-high wind monitoring mast at the site for six months before installing the turbine.
The proposed site is west of the A607, about two kilometres north of Waltham.
An environmental report submitted as part of their planning application to Melton Council said: “The turbine can be anticipated to meet the equivalent annual average domestic electricity needs of 60.5 per cent of Waltham-on-the-Wolds and Thorpe Arnold parish households.
“The proposed location is technically and economically viable and site has been designed to minimise environmental and social impacts where possible.
“Impacts on landscape and visual amenity are inevitable as a result of any wind turbine development, as with any tall structure in an open location, but must be weighed against the benefits of such a development.
“Given the nature of the land and good levels of vegetation within the landscape, in general terms the turbine’s visibility would be confined to an area local to the proposed site.”
The application will be determined by Melton Council in due course.
l A decision is still pending on an appeal lodged in February regarding plans to build a 252-ft high turbine at Hindle Farm in Thorpe Arnold.
Melton Council’s development committee had refused the application on grounds the turbine would ‘constitute a prominent feature in the open countryside which would fail to protect or enhance its distinctive local character’ and due to its height, position and movement would ‘result in an intrusive and over-dominant feature’.
l As reported in last week’s Melton Times proposals to build two wind turbines in Thorpe Satchville were approved by a Government planning inspector on appeal, overturning Melton Council’s decision to refuse planning permission.
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