Application for Wolvey mast deferred

Members of Wolvey Against Subsidised Turbine Energy (WASTE) held a demonstration before the meeting
Members of Wolvey Against Subsidised Turbine Energy (WASTE) held a demonstration before the meeting
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The application for a 60-metre mast on Wolvey’s green belt has been deferred.

Rugby Borough Council’s Planning Committee voted to carry out a site visit at a meeting last Wednesday.

The proposed meteorological mast, which measures wind speeds, would stand within a field around 2.2km to the southeast of Wolvey, and around 1.7km to the south of Copston Magna.

The application will be heard at the next meeting on September 24 at 5pm.

More than 70 residents from Wolvey, surrounding parishes and members of Wolvey Against Subsidised Turbine Energy (WASTE) held a demonstration before the meeting.

Adrian Warwick, member of WASTE and former ward councillor for Wolvey, said: “The mast would lead to wind turbines and they generate insufficient amounts of energy and there is a huge subsidiary to be paid.

“The impact on the wildlife and landscape would be colossal.”

Planning officer Nathan Lowde said: “The benefits of the structure are considered sufficient to outweigh the harm to the character of the area and openness of the green belt.

“It is not considered that the proposed mast would have a significant affect upon the outlook of the villages.”

More details about the mast and site:

> The 60-metre mast would be erected for a temporary period of three years

> It would stand on land at Wolvey Wolds, Wolds Lane, Rugby

> The site is within the green belt

> An application for a wind farm has not been put forward at this stage

> Cllr Pacey-Day proposed data should be collected for at least three years to allow for proper analysis before a wind farm is considered and bat monitoring equipment should be installed