Wind turbine recommended for approval
AN application for a wind turbine to be installed at Bath and West Showground has been recommended for approval.
Dr Jane Guise, chief executive of The Royal Bath & West of England Society, submitted an application for the erection of a single wind turbine with a maximum tip height of 67m in May this year.
The proposed wind turbine would be situated within the north-eastern section of the Showground, within an area consisting of a number of grassed spaces designed for outdoor exhibits or stands.
Dr Guise seeks gull planning permission for the turbine for a period of 25 years with associated infrastructure including an access track, electrical switchgear housing and underground cabling.
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The main built form of the Showground is about 300m to the south-east of the proposed wind turbine, with additional elements of the Showground, including parking and other buildings, being to the north, east, and south-east of the proposed wind turbine.
Doulting Parish Council vehemently recommended refused the proposal on grounds including landscape impact, noise and ecology.
Evercreech Parish Council recommended approval, and the Highway Authority, Bristol Water, MOD, English Heritage and Environmental Health had no objections.
The council received 48 letters of objection to the wind turbine and three letters of support.
There is no history of planning applications that are directly relevant to the proposal, however permission has previously been granted for a turbine 15m in height at the Showground in the south-western part of the site. This turbine has been erected and is in operation.
The proposal has been recommended for approval by case officer Oliver Marigold.
He said in his report that the development would result in public benefits through the production of renewable energy that will contribute towards meeting regional and national carbon reduction targets. These public benefits are considered to outweigh the limited harm identified to the aims of conserving the landscape.
A final decision will be made at a Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, October 2 in Jardine’s Ballroom, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet at 6pm.