GREEN power has approval at a city adventure playground.
The 7.5m high wind turbine is proposed by the city council at the Blacon adventure playground on Kipling Road.
Said to provide up to 70% of the playground's power needs, a decision on the turbine was originally due to have been made in the Spring but was deferred for further information including advice on noise monitoring.
The prospect of the turbine, with a list price approaching £6,000, led to objections with neighbours Mr and Mrs D Smith, who live directly opposite the playground in Kipling Road telling planning officers: “We have to put up with noise from the children 365 days a year without more from the turbine.”
Mr Smith describes the mast as unsightly and unsuitable for a housing estate.
He says he works a day and night shift pattern and already finds it difficult to sleep during the day.
The playground, he claims, is the target for out-of-hours vandalism and the mast will be an added incentive.
“The constant noise of the turbine will make our home life fairly unbearable,” he believes.
Shelley Road resident Mr A Morris argues it will take years to recover the cost while a neighbour, also in Shelley Road, told the city council: “I assure you I don't want one near my house.”
He added: “I will not be paying my council tax if this goes forward.”
The manufacturers claim the appearance of the turbine is ideal for an area where its appearance is important and describe the operation of the 3.5m diameter rotors as “quiet”.
Environmental protection officer Bill Yates told the city's planning board in a report he does not believe there is an issue with noise pollution.
There is “little doubt” the turbine will be visible, councillors heard but planning officers say its size will be "little greater'' than poles and buildings at the playground.
Although it will have an “uncommon visual appearance”, they believe this is outweighed by the environmental and economic benefits.
They insist that its appearance will not be out keeping with the adventure playground.
The exact effect of noise on neighbours will only be able to be measured once the turbine is in place, the report accepts.
Planning officers suggested there should be a two year temporary planning permission to enable this to be assessed. They recommended the application should be approved.
“The increase in noise would not cause unacceptable harm to local amenities,” principal planning officer Steve Lewis told the board.
Cllr Gwyn Cooper (Lab, City & St Anne's) asked for the turbine to be switched off between 10pm and 8am rather than between 11pm and 7am as had been suggested “as this will cover people with children and those wanting to lie in at the weekend.''
The board agreed on a 12-0 vote with one abstention the turbine could be approved.