Developers explain met mast removal from proposed turbine site

The Dorcas Lane met mast
The Dorcas Lane met mast

A met mast which has been gathering weather data to back up plans for a wind farm at Dorcas Lane, Stoke Hammond has now been taken down.

An eight-day hearing into the four turbines planned for the site took place in July, following an appeal by Force 9 Energy and EDF against Aylesbury Vale District Council’s refusal of planning permission.

The met mast had planning consent until December 2014, but its removal now does not signify a change of heart from developers.

A spokesman for Force 9 Energy said: “The met mast was removed from site yesterday because we have all the data we need from it to understand the nature of wind speeds at the site and through that specify an appropriate wind turbine for the site, should we get planning consent.”

Government inspector, Ms Jessica Graham, who conducted the inquiry will now submit a report and recommendations to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, who will announce his decision “on or before January 27, 2015”.

Opponents to the wind farm say they are confident of a favourably outcome.