A MOULDSWORTH farmer has written to his neighbours explaining why he is submitting a planning application for a wind turbine on his farm.
Peter Willis, of Mouldsworth Hall on Smithy Lane said he has written to his neighbours because he wants to be completely open about his plans for a single medium sized wind turbine on his land.
Mr Willis said he has already tried to pursue a generally environmentally friendly path on his dairy farm and on his document storage business, Box-it, which is based on the farm.
He said in the letter: “Total demand however is rising as the business develops and we intend to pursue developing our own supply of energy from renewable sources. There will also be surplus electricity generated to put into the local and national grid.
“I am aware that the siting of a wind turbine is often a contentious issue in the local community but I have taken into consideration how we might minimise the visual impact. The location also eliminates any noise impact.”
Mr Willis has not revealed how tall the turbine would be in his letter but the Enercon E-48 wind turbine hub could range in height from 50m to 76m tall, with rotors of 48m in diameter.
Mr Willis says he has sought professional advice which has looked at the environmental and ecological impact of the turbine, including an extensive wildlife study, noise survey and shadow assessment.
He said he wanted to write to residents personally to allay fears and give them a chance to respond and ask him any questions.