Plans for a 480 foot power-generating wind turbine at Asda’s Falkirk distribution depot in Scotland have been rejected, while moves for a similar scheme at its Brackmills site in Northamptonshire are under fire from local residents.
The proposals are part of the supermarket’s push to operate all of its 24 distribution centres in the UK with wind turbines. The pilot scheme launched last year (Logistics Manager, January 2007) envisaged an initial six turbines each producing two mega watts – enough energy to power a million square feet of refrigerated warehouse.
Ian Bowles, environment manager at ASDA, said: “Wind turbines have the potential to dramatically alter the way in which we source our energy. Our ambition is to have a distribution system that is powered from 100 per cent renewable sources.”
The company has also entered into a Climate Change Levy (CCL) agreement with the government and committed to reducing energy consumption in the most intensive areas of its store operations by ten per cent.
The pilot scheme is expected to cost £12m, with each turbine costing £2m. It has an outstanding application at its distribution depot at Foxbridge Way in Normanton, West Yorkshire. A planning application for a wind turbine at its Brackmills depot in Northamptonshire has yet to be submitted.
The Falkirk scheme was turned down for a variety of reasons but the most striking comments were about its visual impact. This is one of the core objections being put forward at the Brackmills depot as well. It has been said that the proposed turbine at Brackmills will be visible from Wellingborough some 11 miles away. A final decision on whether the wind turbine can be built will be made later this year.