Wind turbine – please support this planning application

15 July 2021

We need you to support a planning application to double the amount of electricity produced by the second wind turbine at Heath and Reach!

In 2017 planning permission was given for the Checkley Wood Wind turbine at Heath and Reach on condition that it looked exactly the same as the existing wind turbine (called Double Arches). However, technology has improved significantly since 2017 and an has been submitted to change the appearance of the wind turbine by increasing the size of its blades, which will double the amount of electricity produced.

The variation is to increase the rotor diameter of the wind turbine from 87 metres to 115 metres. This will also marginally increase the maximum turbine tip height from 143.5 metres to 147.0 metres (an increase of just 3.5 metres).

This will double the output from nearly 5MWh to 10 MWh per annum, equivalent to powering 2270 homes in Central Bedfordshire, instead of 1117 homes; or in terms of charging electric vehicles, the change would provide enough electricity to power 33.5 million miles* rather than 16.5 million miles from the original turbine (*using the new VW iD4 electric car, which requires 57.4kWh to achieve a 10-80% rapid charge, which is equivalent to 191 miles.)

The wind turbine, together with a planned new solar farm beside it and a battery, will feed directly into a new electric charging station on the A5 for electric buses for Leighton Buzzard and for rapid charging for electric cars. This will be the first of its kind in the UK.

In order to meet the government’s target of cutting CO2 emissions by 63% by 2035, we need to double the amount of renewable energy. Demand is likely to increase by 50%, due in particular to increasing numbers of electric vehicles, and to new ways of heating homes without using gas.

Please write to the planning officer at Central Bedfordshire Council in support of this application, by 22 July 2021

Coronavirus is affecting planning – reduced numbers of the planning technical support team are in the office to register post, scan documents and print – but most applications can be registered remotely, and CBC asks people to make electronic submissions.

To do this:

Go to http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning-register

Enter application number CB/21/02605/VOC into the search field.

Click on the text in the box across the screen – ‘CB/21/020605/VOC (click for more details)’ and scroll down to Public Representations – Submit a Public Comment Online.

You will need to click on ‘If you do not have a reference number click here‘, and you will be presented with a form to complete (name, address etc.)

Alternatively, you can email the planning officer at Central Bedfordshire Council at stuart.kemp@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk, quoting CB/21/02605/VOC