Dec 12 2013 by Rebecca Koncienzcy, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A DAIRY processing plant looks set to lose its bid to becoming more sustainable when their wind turbine application goes before the planning committee tonight.
Yew Tree Dairies in Up Holland made an application through developers Long Life Energy for a 500 kilowatt turbine, measuring 75m to the hub and 102m to the tip in September.
However, planning officers have recommended the proposal be refused.
Fraser Morris from Life Long Energy said: “There are valid reasons for the turbine being installed; it’s not just a money-making venture.
“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 local business was hoping the turbine would produce up to 75% of its power.
West Lancashire councillors will meet tonight to discuss the plans at Pit Hey Place, West Pimbo.
There has been a mixed response from the public with some local residents commenting on the size of the proposed turbine.
Businessman John Whelan wrote: “I strongly object to this structure for noise infringement; unsightly; havoc to birds and wildlife and plainly a blot on the landscape.”
But, fellow businessman Robert Knowles said: “It’s great to see a local company encouraging the use of green energy. Hopefully this will encourage other local business to explore the possibility themselves.”