A U.K. proposed industrial wind turbine project has been rejected by the community as being too big, having too much potential for impact on the people living there, and because it would “spoil” the countryside.
Wind developer Prowind, based in Germany, has proposed a 12-turbine installation near Cottam and South Leverton. “The residents do not want it,” said local councillor Jeff Rickell. “It would provide no local employment.”
Prowind is appealing, however; a final decision will be made by a planning committee. Residents are concerned and want their views about the project known to the committee.
The turbines planned for Cottam are 145 meters or just over 425 feet tall; the industrial wind turbines planned for North Gower-Richmond will be 626 feet tall.
The public comment period for the U.K. project is 6 weeks; in Ontario, communities have 30 days to comment, and then only 15 days to file an appeal.
Link to the news story here: http://www.thisisretford.co.uk/news/Rejection-faces-written-test/article-3261557-detail/article.html
For more news around Ontario and reports of community groups and their meetings, please go to http://www.windconcernsontario.org
There are more than 60 community groups opposing the industrialization of Ontario’s rural communites, and more than 70 municipalities have passed a motion or bylaw concerning wind development.