A plan to build a 150-metre tall wind turbine in Avonmouth, near Bristol, that will be able to generate enough electricity to power around 4,000 homes each year has been given the green light.
Bristol City Council granted the application by Ambition Community Energy (ACE), a community interest company set up by resident-driven charity Ambition Lawrence Weston.
The 4.2 megawatt turbine is expected to save more than two tonnes of carbon dioxide every year and is believed to be the tallest onshore wind turbine to be given consent in England, according to law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) which advised ACE.
The news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledges £4billion to power the UK’s Green Revolution.
With a 10-point plan that focuses on offshore wind, nuclear power and cutting fossil fuels in aviation – the plan promises to create 250,000 jobs supporting those businesses that can help the government meet its target of cutting emissions to net zero by 2050.
Part of the plan is to produce enough offshore wind to power every home by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs, according to the Prime Minister.
The WBD energy team advising ACE was led by partner Vicki Redman and associate Josh Taylor, who provided legal advice on planning strategy, funding and environmental matters.
Ms Redman said: “We’re thrilled to have advised ACE and the people of Lawrence Weston on this unique community energy scheme, which is four years in the making.
“There were complex challenges associated with this project, mainly due to the community nature of the scheme and the environmental constraints, but our legal expertise coupled with our strong track record advising on some of the largest renewable energy projects across the UK and beyond, meant we were able to assist in providing the best possible result for the client.”
Mark Pepper, development manager at Ambition Lawrence Weston, added: “We’re very grateful to WBD for their first rate legal advice and ongoing commitment to this project. Vicki, Josh and the rest of the team were a pleasure to deal with, guiding us through the tricky realms of onshore wind consenting.”