We can now announce that in partnership with Ecotricity, Britain’s first green energy company, we have submitted a planning application for a single wind turbine to Central Bedfordshire Council.

Ecotricity, in partnership with the RSPB, have been conducting assessments on all aspects of the wind turbine proposal, including landscape and visual impacts, cultural heritage, ecology, ornithology, hydrology, noise, transport and access, and shadow flicker.

We have now completed sufficient research and are confident that Sandy Ridge is a suitable site for a wind turbine. The full results of our environmental assessments were submitted in August 2013 alongside our application to Central Bedfordshire Council.

On 28 August our application was validated by Central Bedfordshire Council, who will aim to make a decision about whether to grant the planning permission within eight weeks. During this time, the Council will be requesting views from local residents and organisations. They will take into account all feedback when making their decision.

If planning permission is granted, the proposed wind turbine will be erected, at the earliest, in autumn 2014 and will measure 100 m at its highest point. It's predicted to produce the equivalent of up to two thirds of the RSPB's total UK electricity needs across all of its UK operations.

You can see further details of the planning application. including the results of our environmental assessments, by visiting Central Bedfordshire Council's website www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and searching for case number CB/13/02916.