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Extension application for council wind mast on Preston Dock

Posted on - 7th January, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston Council, Riversway
Wind turbines could become a feature of the Docklands landscape

Wind turbines could become a feature of the Docklands landscape

A council plan to put up an 80m wind turbine in Preston’s Docklands is going back before councillors.

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Plans were approved in June last year for the mast to be put up on Wallend Road.

It is part of a proposal by Preston City Council to see whether it can make money from wind power by creating a wind farm.

In December it was announced Hyder Consulting UK had been brought in to advise the council on the project – which the council say could be worth up to £50m.

Now the city council want to extend the time the mast is put up another 12 months, giving them up to two years to test whether the Riversway site is feasible.

Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said they hoped the mast would be in place by the end of the month.

The height of the mast also needs to be increased by 200 cm, to 80.2m.

The new plans also show the mast would become a pole secured by guy wires, rather than a lattice.

Planning officers write: “The proposed variation of conditions would not have any undue impacts upon visual/residential amenity, traffic and highway safety, ecology, or create adverse noise disturbance.

“The proposal would promote the potential development of green source of energy, which promotes the Government’s objective of providing energy generation from renewable or low carbon sources. The proposal therefore, complies with national, regional and local planning policies.”

The plans will go before the city council’s planning committee on Monday 13 January at the Town Hall from 10am.

Do you think wind power is the way to go? Should the city council be doing this? Let us know your views in the comments below

Want to see more planning applications in the city, see our planning application map keeping a track of all things planning in Preston.

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