Council first to commit over commercial-scale wind turbine

A city council has become the first in England and Wales to commit to having a commercial-scale wind turbine on its land. Oxford unveiled a potential site and aims to submit a planning application by 2011.

A city council has become the first in England and Wales to commit to having a commercial-scale wind turbine on its land. Oxford unveiled a potential site and aims to submit a planning application by 2011.

 

The land, near the Horspath Road Athletics Track, will be subject to detailed environmental and technical investigations before it is formally considered as a potential location.

 

Environmental campaigners hope the move will prompt other local authorities across England and Wales to follow Oxford's lead. Martin Kirk, head of Oxfam's UK Campaigns, said: "Climate change is a major threat to people around the world - especially the world's poorest who are most vulnerable, despite being the least responsible.

 

"We are proud of our close links to Oxford and it is fitting that a city with a heritage of social responsibility and environmental awareness is now leading the way in developing practical solutions to the most serious of threats - climate change."

 

The turbine will be developed by Partnerships for Renewables, a company established by the Carbon Trust in 2006 to develop renewable energy projects on public sector land. The city council must now set up a test mast to ascertain whether there is sufficient wind on the site to power a commercial-scale turbine.

Councillor John Tanner said: "Wind turbines are a beautiful way of helping to tackle climate change with renewable energy. This Horspath site is a first for Oxford and a practical contribution to creating a low carbon city."

 

While the council owns the land, development costs will be covered by Partnerships for Renewables. Tanner added: "Wind turbines are quiet, graceful and not a threat to wildlife.  Compared to ugly electricity pylons wind turbines are a huge improvement for Oxford's environment. The real threat to our countryside locally is not wind turbines but climate change.

 

"I hope everyone will support this wind turbine plan as a practical way of helping to save our planet. Both the city council and Partnerships for Renewables are committed to ensuring that the local community is central to the development process."

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