[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Controversial Southminster wind turbines to have even bigger blades  

Credit:  By Richard Brown | Maldon Chronicle | February 27, 2015 | www.essexchronicle.co.uk ~~

Seven controversial wind turbines proposed for a new Dengie wind farm can be made even larger after getting the green light from Maldon District Council.

The authority approved plans to increase the length of the turbine blades at Turncole Wind Farm in Southminster, increasing their minimum output from 12.6 to 17.5 megawatts.

It was also agreed at the council planning meeting on Tuesday last week that turbine components should be delivered via the River Crouch, easing congestion on the local road network.

The district council’s deputy leader Miriam Lewis claimed the decision was “a victory for common sense”, but there was strong opposition from some parts of the council chamber.

Cllr Adrian Fluker, who represents the Southminster ward, said: “I did not support the lowering of the turbine hubs to allow for larger blades to be used, as the total area of sweep of the eight turbines would equal the size of a football pitch.

“That area, combined with the visual impact of the Middlewick generating site was, in my mind, too much for the residents of Southminster to suffer.”

The development of the site as a wind farm was agreed at appeal in March 2014, when Brentwood MP Eric Pickles said the site “makes a significant contribution to meeting national targets and reducing greenhouse gas emissions”.

At the meeting, Ian Sisterson from the River Not Road campaign, said the decision to allow marine delivery of parts would eliminate more than 60 heavy goods vehicle movements around Southminster and Burnham-on-Crouch.

Cllr Fluker continued: “I was, however, pleased to hear that if the application was approved an extra £2million would be provided for the local community during the life of the wind farm.

“Without any legal assurances or binding planning conditions in place to deliver it though, I suspect this was just more ‘spin’ from an industry that appears to be hell-bent on destroying the beautiful countryside and big skies around Southminster and Burnham.”

The changes, put forward by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Ltd, who are running the project, were passed by seven votes to five, with three abstentions, in the meeting chaired by Cllr Frank Delderfield.

Source:  By Richard Brown | Maldon Chronicle | February 27, 2015 | www.essexchronicle.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.