Micro scale windpower hopes for Todmorden farm

Plans to install a single micro wind turbine at a Todmorden farm have been put in to Calderdale Council planners.

Mr Ben Leaman has applied for permission to put up the micro turbine, which will be 14.97 metres high to the hub with 5.6 metre diameter blades, at Rake Hey Farm, Stony Lane.

A supporting statement from Windcrop Limited, of Leeds, says the turbine will provide the farm with a method of producing renewable, sustainable energy.

The turbine is designed to be robust and quiet, mounted on the 14.97m tower and grid connected to a single phase supply.

The site has been chosen to minimise the visual impact and noise disturbance, says the statement. The tower will be coloured matt grey with the blades in white.

If permission is given, it is expected to generate an average of 11.31 mwh of electricity each year, which would be the equivalent of saving 6.07 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The statement says the effect on wildlife would be minimal, and its presence would not adversely affect a number of nearby listed buildings.

Any representations on the application should be lodged with planners by March 15.