Blimps to be flown over proposed Woolfox wind farm site

DONG Energy of London has set up an East Coast Community Fund worth �9.3 million over the next 20 years for coastal towns and villages within 570-mile radius of both Race Bank and Hornsea Offshore Wind Farms.
DONG Energy of London has set up an East Coast Community Fund worth �9.3 million over the next 20 years for coastal towns and villages within 570-mile radius of both Race Bank and Hornsea Offshore Wind Farms.

An energy firm will fly two blimps over the county to show the height of nine proposed wind turbines.

Weather permitting, RES will send up a large balloon to fly at the maximum height of the blade tip, at 130m, and a secondary balloon at the height of the turbine hub, tomorrow (Thursday, November 26).

The firm agreed to fly the blimps at the request of Rutland County Council so interested parties could better understand the size and scale of the proposed turbines. The application to build the turbines has faced strong opposition from some people living nearby, who argue that the structures would “dominate” the skyline.

The blimps should be flown for about eight hours, from 9am.

The council has recommended that people assess the views from Stretton Churchyard, Clipsham Conservation Area and Exton Park to get a full appreciation for the potential impact of the turbines.

RES also wants to build a solar farm at a neighbouring site.

The plans can be seen at www.rutland.gov.uk, application 2014/1003/MAJ.

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