Metiria Turei’s neighbours all but chuck in their wind farm plan

A community group wanting to put up its own windfarm near Dunedin has cut its plan to a single windmill.

Blueskin Energy made the announcement at the start of its three-week Environment Court appeal to try to save the $6 million project.

Resource consents for the plan to power the Blueskin Bay community were rejected last year because of the noise and visual impact on its nearest neighbours.

The court was told this morning that Blueskin Energy said it now wanted to replace the plan for three 90m tall turbines, with a larger one standing 110m high.

A lawyer for Blueskin Energy said the closest house would be at least 650m from the single turbine and the three closest neighbours would be compensated.

That has not appeased the neighbours or opponents from the area, which are arguing the project should be abandoned.

Remarkable that visual and sound pollution are less important to the Blueskin Bay greenies.

And one large turbine will somehow be more acceptable than 3 smaller ones?

I think not.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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