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Layout of wind farm in review

The layout of Mighty River Power's planned Turitea wind farm is under review after nearby residents and landscape experts slated its design. The company plans to build a wind farm of up to 121 turbines near Palmerston North, but announced yesterday it would "reconsider" the design. Landscape experts were worried about the visual impact of the proposed turbines on the Tararua Ranges and Turitea residents were also upset that some of the proposed turbines were near houses.

The layout of Mighty River Power's planned Turitea wind farm is under review after nearby residents and landscape experts slated its design.

The company plans to build a wind farm of up to 121 turbines near Palmerston North, but announced yesterday it would "reconsider" the design.

Landscape experts were worried about the visual impact of the proposed turbines on the Tararua Ranges and Turitea residents were also upset that some of the proposed turbines were near houses.

The announcement of a possible redesign came six weeks into a board of inquiry hearing on whether or not the planned farm should be allowed to go ahead.

A review of the layout would be carried out by landscape expert Stephen Brown, Mighty River Power lawyer Karen Price said.

That review is not expected to be completed when the hearing resumes next month.

Mr Brown is an expert Mighty River Power initially chose not to use in the hearing for landscape issues because he was worried about cumulative visual effects that could have resulted from both Turitea and Motorimu wind farms being built.

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The layout of Mighty River Power's planned Turitea wind farm is under review after nearby residents and landscape experts slated its design.

The company plans to build a wind farm of up to 121 turbines near Palmerston North, but announced yesterday it would "reconsider" the design.

Landscape experts were worried about the visual impact of the proposed turbines on the Tararua Ranges and Turitea residents were also upset that some of the proposed turbines were near houses.

The announcement of a possible redesign came six weeks into a board of inquiry hearing on whether or not the planned farm should be allowed to go ahead.

A review of the layout would be carried out by landscape expert Stephen Brown, Mighty River Power lawyer Karen Price said.

That review is not expected to be completed when the hearing resumes next month.

Mr Brown is an expert Mighty River Power initially chose not to use in the hearing for landscape issues because he was worried about cumulative visual effects that could have resulted from both Turitea and Motorimu wind farms being built.

Motorimu has since been formally ditched, after Mighty River Power paid Motorimu's liquidator to surrender its consents, making sure the wind farm near Tokomaru could not be built.

Mr Brown gave evidence at the hearing that the Turitea Reserve was a pristine pocket of bush from within, but it was less attractive on the outside.

He had also previously described the visual impact of turbines there as "moderate to high".

Submitters against the proposed wind farm also presented to the board yesterday striking images of the landscape they said was precious to them.

That included sun rises over the Tararua Ranges and winter photographs.

The Turitea Stream meant so much to Adrian Cookson that he had his wedding pictures taken there.

Lee Huffman said 42 Turitea turbines would be visible from her house.

Lorraine Tremain pleaded with the board to "halt the invasion".

Palmerston North deserved better than to lose its backdrop, she said.

"The Ranges have been our playground." Children played in the snow, had treasure hunts and picnics there.

Real estate agent Kevin Kelliher said property values would fall.

Palmerston North city councillor Annette Nixon said turbines in Turitea Reserve would be "a sacrilege".

"This application is about cluttering the skyline with industrial structures," she said.


Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/mana...

SEP 5 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/22082-layout-of-wind-farm-in-review
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