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Battle lines are drawn over wind mast plan 

Credit:  Melton Times | 08/08/2013 | www.meltontimes.co.uk ~~

Villagers are fighting plans to build a 259-feet high wind turbine on farm land between Holwell and Long Clawson.

West Yorkshire-based firm Verbeia Renewables Ltd want to construct the mast on a site about one kilometre north west of Holwell and about four kilometres to the north of Melton.

It’s the latest in a string of wind turbine applications targeting the Melton borough which are currently at different stages in the planning process.

It’s understood residents have until the end of this month to register objections to the Holwell mast application with Melton Council.

Judith Putnam, clerk of Ab Kettleby Parish Council which covers villages including Holwell, said: “We will be opposing it. We’re still formulating the basis of our objections and we will be leafleting all parishioners to make them aware of this application so they can make up their own minds.”

Joe Orson, borough councillor for Old Dalby ward and county councillor for Asfordby division, said: “People have massive concerns that the countryside is just going to be eaten up by these alien features.

“I’ve had a number of emails from people sharing their concerns about this application because of the impact it will have on the surrounding countryside, including Holwell Nature Reserve. I’d urge all those with an interest to submit their comments to Melton Council as quickly as possible.”

Clawson, Hose and Harby Parish Council is due to discuss the application on August 26. A public meeting is also being arranged to get people’s views.

Verbeia Renewables say the proposed turbine development will be able to generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 270 homes a year and make a saving of between 457 and 1.051 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

It says it will also create opportuntiities for local contractors to be involved in the scheme’s construction.

Source:  Melton Times | 08/08/2013 | www.meltontimes.co.uk

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