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Wind turbines plan unveiled for Oxford

Exhibition plan
Exhibitions are being held to outline the plans

Residents are being asked for their views on plans for wind turbines on land on the outskirts of Oxford.

The city council is investigating one site in Horspath and another by Cutteslowe Park.

Exhibitions are being held to outline the plans for the city, which is the first to commit to having a commercial wind turbine on council land.

The developer suggested the tip height could reach 130m (427ft) - about the same height as the London Eye.

Test mast

Councillor John Tanner, board member for a cleaner, greener Oxford, said: "Modern wind turbines look good, are quiet, can provide cheap electricity for thousands of homes and are vital for Oxford to play its full part in tackling climate change."

The authority has teamed up with energy specialists Partnerships for Renewables, which will cover the cost of the project.

It said some of the money as a result of the development would be given to the local community.

Partnerships for Renewables said the generation capacity would be between two and three megawatts.

It said a planning application for a test mast at Horspath would be submitted in the next few weeks.

Exhibitions are being held at Horspath Village Hall, Cutteslowe Pavilion and Oxford Town Hall.

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