CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build a 500-kilowatt wind turbine on green belt land have been put forward by an energy developer for another site in the countryside surrounding Uttoxeter.
The application, submitted by Hallmark Power Limited, will be a 500-kilowatt turbine, standing at approximately 40-metres to 50-metres tall on land south of Carry Lane, Lower Loxley.
With a number of action groups including Bramshall Against Turbines speaking out in response to wind turbine proposals in the nearby countryside, a former councillor and Loxley resident has added his voice to the debate about wind turbines for commercial use.
David Brookes, former councillor and Lower Loxley farmer said: “I’m not a big fan of wind turbines.
“In some circumstances they can work on a small scale, for example on dairy farms.
“They can dramatically reduce energy bills for farmers and have a positive effect as long at the landscape isn’t affected.
“However I don’t think we should be encouraging the large commercial turbines which alter the landscape and do nothing except contribute to the landowner’s pension pot.”
Stephen Bate, of Hallmark Power Ltd, the team behind the new Lower Loxley turbine proposal said: “When we are looking at a potential site for a wind turbine, we assess the site to check whether it meets a number of criteria.
“The main one is the impact on the character of the landscape.
“We also assess the impact on residential properties of noise and shadow flicker, as well as the ecology of the site – whether the turbine is the correct distance from hedges and natural features.
“All of our turbines have to meet the set criteria and Government guidelines.
“The technical team evaluate the efficiency of a proposed wind turbine, looking at things like wind speed to determine whether a turbine will be efficient.”
The planning application can be viewed online at www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk with reference P/2013/00934