Lower Hanyards Farm, Tixall, Stafford

Staffordshire

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Permitted

The JHWalter Energy Team successfully secured planning permission for a single 500kW wind turbine at Lower Hanyards Farm, Tixall, Stafford for the wind turbine developer, RevolutionNRG Ltd in November 2013.

RevolutionNRG Ltd has actively been exploring sites for the installation of wind turbines for the last couple of years, following the introduction of the Feed in Tariff. The aim of RevolutionNRG Ltd was to produce electricity to offset Lower Hanyards Farm’s high energy usage and to export electricity to the local electricity network for consumption within the wider community, providing a small but meaningful contribution to aiding the Government in meeting its renewable energy targets.

RevolutionNRG Ltd originally gained planning permission for two 250kW wind turbines after a successful an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. JHWalter was then instructed to establish whether a single larger wind turbine would be more efficient and suitable for the site. After analysing the proposed merits of one larger wind turbine compared to two smaller 250kW turbines, a decision was made to apply for planning permission to install a single 500kW wind turbine. The application was granted approval By Stafford Borough Council in November 2013 under delegated powers, stating that ‘The Local Authority considers the proposal to be a sustainable form of development and therefore complies with the provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework’.

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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