Parish Council Update – Wind Turbines

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As many of you will know, Honda has submitted a planning application for 3 no. 120m high wind turbines. Following a lengthy evaluation at its meeting on 17th August 2010, South Marston Parish Council unanimously agreed to object to the development of three wind turbines at Honda’s South Marston site.

The Parish Council meeting, which was also attended by members of the public, heard that the turbines would be over half as high again as the Watchfield turbines and agreed to object to the application for the following reasons:

  • The 120 metre tall turbines will dominate the village.
  • The nearest turbine will only be 600 metres from houses in the village. Some local councils, including Lincoln, as well as the Scottish Government, have stipulated a minimum separation distance of 2km. The Parish Council believes this should be the case in Swindon due to concerns about noise and possible health issues.
  • There will be significant nuisance caused by flicker/strobing from the turbines. The council is concerned that the height of the masts has not been taken into consideration.

We will be asking that the Parish Council is given the opportunity to speak at the Swindon Borough Council Planning Meeting .

This finding was also reported in the Swindon Advertiser.

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