Furrowland Ltd, Newton on Trent


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The JHWalter Energy Team successfully secured planning permission for a single 500kW wind turbine for Furrowland Ltd on their land located to the east of Newton on Trent, Lincolnshire in August 2013.

Furrowland Ltd’s facilities include land for over 50,000 organic free range chickens and 100,000 square foot of cold storage facilities. The cold storage facility creates a stable storage environment for the short and long term storage of tens of thousands of tonnes of quality vegetable produce such as potatoes, onions and cabbages. Due to the on-site business activities, Furrowland Ltd instructed the JHWalter Energy Team in 2012 to assess the potential for a wind turbine on its landholding, with the hope of reducing their high energy bills, obtain energy security and reduce the businesses carbon footprint. After a number of months of detailed feasibility work, JHWalter submitted a planning application to the local planning authority for a single 77m tip high 500kW wind turbine.

The application went to planning committee in August 2013 and was successfully granted permission. The committee stated that ‘…It is not considered that any local adverse impacts of the development would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the development when assessed against the policies in the NPPF…’.

The location of the wind turbine was chosen after extensive feasibility work, including the following considerations:

  • Suitable distance from the nearby dwellings to ensure noise and shadow flicker would not adversely affect nearby dwellings and residents
  • Suitable standoff distance from trees, hedgerows and wooded areas to ensure no adverse impact on ecology
  • Most suitable location of the nearest access road for the delivery of the turbine’s components
  • Located where the turbine would have no impact upon on military and civil aviation operations and radar
  • Close proximity to a good grid connection point
  • Located in a position which would not have an adverse impact on radio and telecommunication links and TV reception.


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