09:33 Thursday 30 January 2014

Turbine to affect the view for Tean residents

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

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ANTI-WIND activists are ‘very concerned’ about the potential impact of a turbine on Tean residents.

The Staffordshire Turbine Action Group has raised concerns that an application for a wind turbine at Fields Farm, in Draycott Cross Road has not been brought to the attention of Tean residents, even though it will be visible from their homes.

The turbine, which would be built on open farmland and would stand at 46.3 metres tall, is predicted to be seen as far as Upper Tean according to a planning model, yet Keith Flunder of the Staffordshire Turbine Action Group has said there has been a ‘clear lack of consultation’ in the area.

Mr Flunder said: “I am very concerned about the impact this turbine will have on residents of Tean.

“Though the turbine is to be built at Draycott Cross Road, it will impact on everyone in the immediate area, yet the people of Tean have not been consulted on their views.

“It seems to me that the decisions have already been taken without notifying people who will be affected.

“Looking at the application, it is clear from the viewing plan that the turbine will be seen by people in Tean, yet the final decision of the turbine is not in their hands.

“I would urge those against the turbine to write letters of objection to the planning authorities and the group will be looking into it further.

“Like the other turbines in the area, there is absolutely no benefit to the community or to the people who will be affected.

“It is just a money-making scheme on the part of the companies who have approached the farms for permission to use their land.

“This turbine has not been approved by members of Draycott Parish Council.”

A similar wind turbine at Spring Farm, in Stone Road, Bramshall has gone to appeal after members of the Bramshall Against Turbines action group fought to block the plans which if they go ahead will impact on Bramshall homes and businesses.

Keith Flunder, chairman of the Staffordshire Turbine Action Group said the planning policy process was ‘undemocratic’ and focused on short term solutions rather than taking the environment and the neighbours of the wind turbine into account.

Mr Flunder said: “It’s a short term outlook for those who own land, and it’s so disappointing yet again that we appear to have a policy forced on local people by undemocratic forces.”

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