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October 2006 

Wind turbines for Horsham?

Horsham District Council has recently approved a planning application for a wind turbine at Forest School.  The Horsham Society is keen to embrace 'green' technology and feels that alternative sources of power must be considered, but nevertheless feels that ad hoc installations of this kind may not be cost effective, causing considerable environmental impact for little benefit.

The Government has recently consulted about proposals which would remove the need for planning permission for most domestic microgenerators such as wind turbines and solar panels.  We have objected and suggested that the proposed safeguards for Conservation Areas (broadly that planning consent will be required if the apparatus can be seen from the front of the building) should apply in all cases.

Article: Wind Turbines - are they economically viable in Horsham?
Society's letter to West Sussex County Times 13.10.2006