Energy Coop seeks support for 2 turbine wind farm, north Bristol

We’re writing to ask if you would be willing to support a planning application by REG Windpower for a wind farm near Ingst, just north of Bristol. The site is between the M4 and M48 motorways, and the proposal is for 2 turbines with a maximum height of 130m. There’s more information about the project at:

http://m48windfarm.regwindpower.co.uk/

The planning application for the turbines was submitted last December, and comments on it can be submitted now. The first deadline for this is 29 January, but submissions after that will be accepted too. Sustainable Thornbury and Bristol Energy Co-op are supportive of the project. The location for the farm is very good: there are few noise issues because the site is very close to the two motorways, and there are larger structures nearby – the Severn bridge infrastructure.

Naturally, there is some opposition to the project. So if you feel you can support the proposal, please submit a positive comment, ideally before the 29 January deadline. You can do this online at:

http://developments.southglos.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MEKHG9OK02R00

The planning application number is: PT12/4071/F

Supportive comments are useful, but it’s better if you can make particular points, and even better if you can relate these points back to planning policy. Here are some suggestions:

General points:

1. The wind farm would generate sufficient renewable electricity to meet the needs of between 2,800 and 3,100 homes in an average year.

2. Ecological improvements will be carried out as part of the project. These include improved hedgerow management, tree planting and pond enhancement.

3. A Community Fund of up to £18,400 will be available to support good causes in the local area throughout the wind farm’s working life.

4. The wind farm would help South Gloucestershire Council in its aim of delivering 7.5% of South Gloucestershire’s total projected 2020 energy demand from renewable sources.

Planning-related points:

1 The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework specifically caters for a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

2. There are already tall structures in the landscape so the turbines would not be out of keeping.

3. Circumstances which may permit development in the Green Belt are referred to in Paragraph 91 of the National Planning Policy Framework. It states: “Such very special circumstances may include the wider environmental benefits associated with increased production of energy from renewable sources.”

Kind regards
The Bristol Energy Coop directors