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Wind farm plans reduced to four turbines

"It is irrelevant if they reduce the number of turbines, they are still too close to the homes. "We will be encouraging people to have a look. ..."People need to make up their own minds whether this is a green venture or a money-making business for HSBC [which has invested in Partnerships for Renewables]."

Villagers can take a closer look at plans for four wind turbines near Arborfield, Shinfield and Earley at two public exhibitions this month.

Partnerships for Renewables will be exhibiting its proposals for the wind energy development at Rushy Mead, which is located to the south of the M4 between junctions 10 and 11.

Local people have been so concerned about the potential noise and visual impact on their doorstep they formed the Householders Against Rushy Mead (HARM) action group.

Fears wind farm will disturb sleep

Jan Heard, member of Harm and resident of Carter's Hill, located just 600 metres from one of the proposed turbines, said local people should go along and make up their own minds about the plan.

'Protect us from wind turbines'

She said: "Every single one of those turbines is too close to homes."

Partnerships for Renewables says it has been able to reduce the number of turbines from five to four after incorporating results from technical and environmental studies.

Mrs Heard said: "It is irrelevant if they reduce the number of turbines, they are still too close to the homes.

"We will be encouraging people to have a look. The exhibition is where we... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Villagers can take a closer look at plans for four wind turbines near Arborfield, Shinfield and Earley at two public exhibitions this month.

Partnerships for Renewables will be exhibiting its proposals for the wind energy development at Rushy Mead, which is located to the south of the M4 between junctions 10 and 11.

Local people have been so concerned about the potential noise and visual impact on their doorstep they formed the Householders Against Rushy Mead (HARM) action group.

Fears wind farm will disturb sleep

Jan Heard, member of Harm and resident of Carter's Hill, located just 600 metres from one of the proposed turbines, said local people should go along and make up their own minds about the plan.

'Protect us from wind turbines'

She said: "Every single one of those turbines is too close to homes."

Partnerships for Renewables says it has been able to reduce the number of turbines from five to four after incorporating results from technical and environmental studies.

Mrs Heard said: "It is irrelevant if they reduce the number of turbines, they are still too close to the homes.

"We will be encouraging people to have a look. The exhibition is where we will get our information from as to what they are proposing.

"People need to make up their own minds whether this is a green venture or a money-making business for HSBC [which has invested in Partnerships for Renewables]."

The plan to build turbines at Rushy Mead were announced in February 2008 by the University of Reading and Partnerships for Renewables, which was established by the Carbon Trust to help public sector bodies access economic and environmental benefits from renewable energy development.

Initial studies suggested up to six turbines could be built, however aviation stakeholders raised concerns about the sixth turbine and this was removed in August 2008.

If four turbines are constructed, they could generate 22GWh of green energy each year. This is equivalent to the amount of energy used annually by more than 4,800 average households.

Partnerships for Renewables says the development could avoid 9,400 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Tony Duffin, from Partnerships for Renewables, said: "Since starting our investigations in February 2008 we have been working hard to incorporate the results of environmental, technical and consultation work into the design of any potential future development.

"Results of the detailed wind modelling work have shown that one of the turbines was likely to experience turbulence from the others making it less efficient than the other machines.

"Recently we therefore took the decision to remove it from our plans.

"This has also enabled us to increase the distance between a local byway used by horse and riders and the nearest turbine.

"We will be presenting the latest results of our studies, the new layout and visualisations at two public exhibitions in July to gain feedback from the local community.

"We have taken a great deal of care to listen to feedback from statutory bodies and local stakeholders and believe that we are close to finalising a layout that will be appropriate for the location and its neighbours.

"Members of the development team will be present at the exhibitions to discuss the latest design.

"If people are unable to attend but would like further information they can contact us by phoning 0800 731 7395 or emailing PfR@communityrelations.co.uk. The project website will also be kept up-to-date with the latest information.

"If results of study work continue to prove positive we hope to submit a planning application this autumn."

The public exhibitions will be held at Arborfield Village Hall in Eversley Road on Wednesday, July 21, from 3pm to 8pm and Earley CResCent Resource Centre in Warbler Drive on Tuesday, July 20, from 3pm to 8pm.


Source: http://www.getwokingham.co....

JUL 13 2010
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