Twin wind turbines at Denby Common?

An application to erect two 32 metre high wind turbines on land off Heanor Road in Denby village is set to be decided next week.

The proposals lodged by clean energy firm Quiet Revolution are for what it describes as two ‘small scale’ turbines, which would supply the national grid with up to 32 kilowatts of energy for 25 years.

Planning board councillors will give their verdict on the scheme on Monday, July 15, at 7pm.

The turbines comprise a 25 merttre high mast, with blades of 12 metre diameter.

Amber Valley Borough Councillor for the Kilburn, Denby and Holbrook ward Cllr Jean Gemmell said: “In general terms I things that provide clean, sustainable energy are things that should be encouraged.

“The issue is whether it is detracting to people nearby in terms of their amenities.”

The London-based firm says it will take around five weeks to construct the turbines.

The firm said: “The turbine is designed with an operational life of 25 years. At the end of this period, the applicant will dismantle and decommission the turbines or apply for an extension to the permission or repower with newer technology.

The land, south of Denby Common, is arable pasture land, currently used for grazing. Land adjacent to the site has recently been granted planning permission for an opencast mine due to be devloped over a period of three years.