AN appeal has been lodged against the decision of planning chiefs to refuse permission for a wind turbine.
The application for a 50-kilowatt wind turbine, which would stand at 34.2 metres, was put in for Woodland Hall Farm, in Wood Lane, Uttoxeter and was refused by the planning authorities.
The applicants have now appealed against the decision of East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning department to refuse the wind turbine application.
The reason for the refusal was aesthetic, as borough council planning officers made the decision that the impact on the landscape would outweigh the renewable energy benefits of the turbine.
The statement given by the borough council on the refusal of the application said: “The proposed turbine would bring about the benefit of renewable energy generation and associated reduction in carbon emissions.
“However, the Ministerial Statement of June 6, 2013 makes it clear that the benefits of renewable schemes do not automatically override environmental protection.
“The proposal would, particularly when viewed in the context of existing turbines within its landscape context, introduce an incongruous landscape element causing visual harm outweighing the benefits associated with the generation of renewable energy, contrary to Saved Policy NE1 of the East Staffordshire Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.”
Recent renewable energy applications have been unsuccessful in the Uttoxeter area, including an application put in by Hallmark Power Ltd for a wind turbine in Bramshall.
An East Staffordshire Borough Council spokesman said: “Each application is considered on its merits, and the issues vary depending on the scale and location of the wind turbine.
“However, the key considerations in the determination of a planning application for a turbine are generally landscape and visual impact, impact on residential amenity through noise and shadow flicker, impact on ecology - in particular birds and bats.”
Further information about the appeal can be found online in the planning section of www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk, with reference APP/B3410/A/13/2203622
The website of the turbine action group can be found at bramshallagainstturbines.org.uk