The planning application for Swift Wind Farm, a four turbine scheme between Churchover and Cotesbach north west of the A5, has been formally registered by Rugby Borough Council.
Swift Wind Farm is being proposed by renewable energy company RES.
If approved, it will be capable of generating enough renewable electricity to meet the average annual requirements of at least 5,400 homes.
The wind farm will also provide a community benefits package of £40,000 per year, index linked.
This will be split between a Community Benefit Fund for investment in local charitable projects and RES’ innovative Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS), which provides an annual discount on electricity bills to nearest neighbours.
Dan Patterson, RES Project Manager, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in the public consultation, sharing their knowledge of the
area and their views about the proposal with us. We have taken these views into account when preparing the planning application and we hope that Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee will agree that the proposed development has been carefully and considerately sited to maximise the generation of renewable electricity while minimising local impacts.”
The application for consent to build the four turbine wind farm follows a period of public consultation led by RES, which included a series of public exhibitions held in June 2013. The site was previously considered by another energy company for a scheme of nine turbines and raised concerns about proximity to housing.
RES’ proposal more than halves the number of turbines previously proposed and sites them further away from the nearest settlement.
Rugby Borough Council (RBC) will now undertake a formal consultation process, during which people have a further opportunity to comment on the wind farm proposal.
Throughout this time, the planning application and the accompanying Environmental Statement (ES) are available online via RBC’s planning portal at http://www.planningportal.rugby.gov.uk/welcome.asp and can also be viewed during normal opening hours at:
*Rugby Borough Council, Town Hall, Evreux Way, Rugby, CV21 2RR
*Rugby Library and Information Centre, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ
*Churchover Village Hall, The Green, Churchover, Rugby, CV23 0EP
Members of the public can express their views about the wind farm proposal via the council’s planning portal or by writing to Nathan Lowde at Rugby Borough Council. Please quote planning reference R12/2009 in all correspondence.