Call for views on wind farm plan
THE company proposing a wind farm near the M48 and M4 is asking for people to give it their views.
Bath-based REG Windpower is proposing to build a wind farm of three 126m turbines near Ingst, South Gloucestershire.
Not yet formally applied for with the local planning authority, it would produce enough electricity to power 3,600 "medium" sized homes per year.
The next exhibition of plans will be at Olveston Parish Hall, on Saturday, between 9am and 12.30pm.
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And REG Windpower is sending out 1,500 newsletters updating people on the latest developments.
In the letter, the company states: "We would like to hear from as many local people as possible.
"We will be setting up a community fund to share the financial benefits of having a wind farm in your area. If we are granted planning permission at the planning committee we will put aside £4,000 per mega watt for each year the turbines are up and running.
"This would mean the turbines would be worth over half a million pounds to the local community over their lifetime.
"We want you to feel that the wind farm is part of your community and you can decide where the money can be spent. Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions for worthwhile causes in the local area."
REG Windpower says it has now consulted with many interested parties, including aviation bodies, Natural England and South Gloucestershire Council; and has completed the surveys recommended by groups including bat and bird surveys, flood risk and noise assessments.
But their proposals have already been met by numerous objections from people and groups including Olveston Wind Farm Action Group, which has more than 100 members, Olveston, Pilning and Severn Beach parish councils and some South Gloucestershire councillors.
For more information on the wind farm proposals or to submit your comments online, visit www.m48windfarm.co.uk. Opinions can also be posted to Freepost, Meeting Place Communications.