A WIND turbine is being planned for the Yew Tree Dairy site on Pimbo Industrial estate.
Developers are planning to build a medium-sized turbine on the land in order to produce 75% of the energy used on site.
The 500 kilowatt turbine is 75m to the hub and 102m to the tip.
Energy construction company Life Long Energy has been called in by the dairy to produce plans for the turbine which are expected to be submitted to the council’s planning department in the next week.
Fraser Morris from Life Long Energy said: “The dairy came to us because they wanted a long-term solution to their energy supply.
“There are valid reasons for the turbine being installed; it’s not just a money-making venture.
“Solar energy is totally unfeasible as there is nowhere near the amount of roof space available that would be needed to produce the same amount of energy as a turbine.
“It’s all about maximising the energy yield.
“The turbine offers the only real viable alternative.
“The coastal winds that come across to Skem make wind power a great option.
“The structure will be imposing on the landscape but it’s for the greater good.”
“We’re looking to have a public consultation in the next couple of weeks where members of the public can come along and find out all about the project.
“We want to talk to people about their concerns and show them out plans.
“The residents that live in the area should be able to have their say and we encourage them to come along.”
Plans for the turbine are set to face resistance from the community surrounding the estate however.
In March this year, Walkers – also sited on the industrial estate – won a planning appeal to have a wind turbine installed. Plans for their 125m turbine caused uproar among Up Holland residents and 714 letters of objection were lodged to the council’s planning department.
The Yew Tree Dairy turbine will be directly across from the existing Walkers turbine – meaning there will be two tall structures set against the landscape.
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