Turbines given green light in Adderbury

Bodicote House
Bodicote House

Two wind turbines measuring 35 metres in height will be built in Adderbury after plans were approved by Cherwell District councillors yesterday (Thursday).

They will be installed on land south east of Quarry Farm off the Oxford Road, in support of Government guidelinces to contribute to renewable energy targets. Councillors approved plans at a planning committee at Bodicote House.

Bob Duxbury, development control leader, said: “The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework guidelines direct that local authorities should recognise that even small-scale projects provide a valuable contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and should be supported unless there are significant reasons not to.

“With this in mind, the benefits of the proposed turbines are considered acceptable. While we do acknowledge the turbines would be visible they would not cause undue harm to the character or visual appearance of the landscape, and any harm t is outweighed by the benefits of this scheme.”

Each turbine will generate an estimated 205,000 kWh of energy each year and combined, the two turbines will produce the annual electricity supply for approximately 125 houses.

Each turbine would have a three-bladed design with a 24-metre rotor diameter and lie about 300 metres to the south east of Quarry Farm yard, accessed by the Oxford Road.

As part of the conditions of approval work must begin on the project within three years of permission being granted.