Carbon Trust firm’s wind plans suffer setbacks

Partnerships for Renewables’ application for wind turbines on land owned by Reading University rejected, while projects with Oxford City council has been dropped.

Partnerships for Renewables (PfR) has had its first planning application rejected, after more than three years of work on the project.

On Wednesday (27 April), Wokingham Borough Council refused permission for the Carbon Trust-backed body to build four wind turbines on land owned by Reading University at Rushy Mead. They would have had a combined peak capacity of 10 megawatts.

The turbines, 130 metres tall, would have had “an unacceptable, substantial and significant effect [upon an area] highly valued locally for its remoteness and rural characteristics", according to the planning officer’s report. They would also impact on several grade II listed buildings.

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