Last minute delay hits golf club’s wind turbine plan

A LAST minute request for more information has pushed back plans for a golf club to build a wind turbine that could supply half of its electrical needs.

Officers at North Herts District Council had recommended the proposal to build a 15m tall windmast be approved but an 11th hour desire for details on the turbine’s noise level removed the item from discussion.

A spokesman for NHDC said: “The report regarding a wind turbine at Barkway Golf Club was withdrawn from the agenda for Thursday’s meeting as it was felt that further consideration should be given to additional technical information.

“A report will now be submitted with more detail regarding the noise levels generated by the turbine and it is anticipated that this will be presented to committee in November.”

If given the green light the mast would sit 170m south-east of the clubhouse.

The only objections to the plan came from members of Anstey Parish Council who were concerned that the “visual and aesthetic impact on the northern route out of the village would be irreversibly impaired for purely financial and business gain”.

No-one from the village had registered to speak at last Thursday’s meeting of the planning control committee in Letchworth.