PLANS to build a wind turbine on land near Uttoxeter have been rejected by planning chiefs as it would have an ‘unacceptable affect’ on aviation safety.
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee refused planning permission for a 500kW turbine on land south of Carry Lane, in Lower Loxley, submitted by Hallmark Power Ltd.
The plan was for a single turbine and associated infrastructure, including an access track and was for a three-blade model with a hub height of 50 metres.
The blade diameter was 48 metres which would give the device a maximum height above ground level of 74 metres.
However, after hearing all of the evidence councillors decided they could not permit the plans as there had been ‘significant’ objections and its impact on the landscape context would be adverse.
Councillors also decided there was insufficient evidence to demonstrate that turbine would not unacceptably harm protected species, it would unacceptably affect aviation safety by way of interference with air traffic control infrastructure and there was insufficient information to demonstrate it would not unacceptably affect the amenities enjoyed by residents living nearby through the increased noise.
The report states: “The National Policy Framework infers that the wider environmental and economic benefits of all proposals for renewable energy projects, whatever their scale, are material considerations that should be given significant weight in determining whether proposals should be granted planning permission.
“The proposed turbine would bring about the benefit of renewable energy generation and associated reduction in carbon emissions. However, Government’s Planning Practice Guidance makes it clear that the benefits of renewable schemes do not automatically override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities.
“There has been significant opposition to the proposal and its impact upon the local landscape context would be adverse. The proposal would also represent an unduly prominent feature with detrimental visual impact wider than its impact upon landscape character.
“On balance it is not considered that in this instance the benefits associated with renewable generation outweigh the harm to landscape character and detrimental visual impact of the proposal.”