After a positive initial local consultation process in April, we are pleased to report that we have been granted planning permission to erect a meteorological mast within Sandy Ridge, the proposed turbine site.
The mast will be in place for 12 months, from July 2012 to July 2013, measuring wind resource, and helping us to survey bat activity in the area. The data collected will be instrumental in confirming the suitability of the site for a turbine.
The mast measures 70 m tall, approximately one third of the height of the nearby TV mast in Sandy. It is made of steel tubes weighing several tons and will be held in place using guy wires fitted with bird deflectors.
Whilst the mast is present in the field, the Sandy Ridge trail remains open for public access. If you are visiting The Lodge, for your own safety, please stay clear of the structure and the guy wires that support it.
The mast can be simply and easily installed by a small team in a couple of days, there will be no excavations or site preparation, and the ground at the site will be fully restored upon the completion of the monitoring.
The construction of the mast will take place on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July during which time there may be limited availability to this part of the reserve. If you are visiting The Lodge over these days, please do bear this in mind.
If the data collected from the mast confirms that the site is suitable, it is anticipated that a full planning application for the turbine will be submitted in early 2013.