Villagers calling for rejection of 'small' turbine

PUBLISHED: 16:12 06 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:12 06 September 2013

One wind turbine could be put up in Butcombe

One wind turbine could be put up in Butcombe

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PLANS to build a 43m-high wind turbine in a 'beautiful' North Somerset village have met with an angry response from neighbours.

A white wind turbine could be installed off Yewtree Batch in Butcombe if the proposal is backed by North Somerset Council.

The land, to the south of Windover, is protected as greenbelt but, according to agents Aspire Planning, that should not lead to automatic rejection.

The turbine would have a 24m tower and three 19m blades.

However, the idea has prompted several letters of objection from concerned villagers.

Carole Venner, who lives less than half a mile away from the proposed site, said she did not want to see a turbine put up in Butcombe.

She said: “The beautiful scenery will be spoilt, maybe forever, just for some financial gain and once one turbine is erected it could be the green light for many more.

“The turbine near Chilcompton is an absolute eyesore and can be seen for miles around and has been a complete mistake.

“There is also the point that wind turbines cause a lot of disturbance with the noise they make. I do hope planners will turn down this application.”

In Aspire’s report to the council, it stated the turbine would be in a field to the south of Windover and would be almost 300m away from any homes.

It said the ‘small wind turbine’ could be easily delivered to the site, allaying any potential fears over large lorries driving through Butcombe.

The report says: “It is important to appreciate the proposed turbine is of a completely different scale to the now familiar wind farm turbines which are normally 80m in height and have 80m-long blades.

“By comparison the proposed turbine, with a tower height of just 24.6m, is nearer in scale to a typical power transmission pole or mobile phone mast, both familiar aspects of the rural landscape.”

But many residents disagree with Aspire’s claim that a wind turbine will have a ‘minimal’ visual impact.

Villagers Jane Pemberton and Maureen Whitmore said if the plans were given the go-ahead by North Somerset, it would have a detrimental impact on the landscape and create noise around the clock.

Christopher Barke called on the council to refuse the application amid fears that permitting one in Butcombe could see several others installed in the area.

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