Byfield farm is home to a new wind turbine

A wind turbine for Hill Farm in Byfield has been given planning permission.

The developer, MS1 Energy, a London-based energy firm specialising in wind farm development, expects the single-turbine project to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of around 280 homes and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 565 tonnes per year.

Director of MS1 Energy, Peter Wolf, said: “This is a major development for us. The Hill Farm site is ideal for a wind turbine and it is a significant achievement to see our plans for construction approved.

“We are keen to start the build as soon as possible and our intention is to have the turbine operational by mid-2015.

“MS1 is committed to building and maintaining strong relationships with the communities surrounding its sites and we are happy to contribute to a community benefits fund which will benefit the local community throughout the wind turbine’s operational lifetime.

“Onshore wind has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix for Britain. The Hill Farm turbine will make a positive contribution to the efforts being made nationwide to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance energy security, and cut our reliance on fossil fuels.”

MS1 Energy is seeking other sites for development and would like to hear from landowners with sites that are suitable for hosting wind turbines – those with high average wind speeds and in locations where a wind turbine can be accommodated within the local landscape with no loss of visual amenity.