Plans for a small wind turbine to power a sign have been disputed over fears it will be too noisy.  

The wind turbine at Williams Grand Prix Engineering in Grove is needed to power a new electric sign on the entrance to the site that was recently granted planning permission.

When built, the wind turbine will be 6.6 metres high and 1.24 metres wide and will generate electricity for the new sign rather than taking electricity from the grid.

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On the planning application on the Vale of White Horse District Council website the Environmental Protection Team highlighted the possibility of the wind turbine causing significant noise.

The environmental team said: “Even small-scale wind turbines are capable of producing significant amounts of noise in terms of impact on amenity and, even in some cases, nuisance.

“The applicant would therefore be expected to demonstrate that the proposed turbine will not have a significant adverse impact on amenity for nearby noise sensitive receptors.”

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A commenter from Prior Place in Grove who withheld their name, raised concerns that the wind turbine will be installed too close to Letcombe Gardens development.

The Grove resident said: “I would invite both Williams and their consultant to my property so that they may properly understand the actual boundary that they occupy; the proximity to Letcombe Gardens development and the impact on those properties that are only a few meters away.”

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This story was written by Rebecca Whittaker, she joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

Rebecca covers education and news in Abingdon and Wantage.

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