Wiltshire

Test turbine at Grange Farm, Wiltshire, approved

A company that wants to build a windfarm in Wiltshire has been granted permission to put up a 52ft (15m) test mast.

REG Windpower wants to put three 426ft (130m) wind turbines at Grange Farm near West Aston and Bratton.

If the test to measure wind speeds is a success, then an application for the turbines will follow later in the year.

A company spokesman said the proposed turbines would generate enough electricity to power 3,500 households.

Wiltshire Council recently granted permission for REG Windpower to build an "anemometry mast" that measures wind conditions in detail.

"The structure will be a temporary one and will be taken down by the end of 2014 at the latest," the spokesman said.

George McDonic, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said: "We are not in favour of the proposal. On what evidence we've seen we think the proposal will be an intrusion into the landscape and that would be unacceptable.

"However, at the moment they've just got planning permission to test the site, so we'll have to wait to see what the results are."

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