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Three turbine bids set to succeed despite opposition

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

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THREE bids for wind turbines in a rural area near Uttoxeter look set to be given the green light despite objections from neighbours.

The applications for various sizes of turbines on farms in Abbots Bromley, Marchington Woodlands and Netherland Green have all been recommended for approval by planning officers at East Staffordshire Borough Council ahead of a crunch meeting next week.

That is despite of all three causing unrest from neighbours and parish council’s who have issued objections, with some worrying that if such bids are approved if will set a precedent.

The first of the three proposals is for Harts Farm, in Radmore Lane, Abbots Bromley, for a 50kW wind turbine with a height to blade tip of 48.5m.

Abbots Bromley Parish Council has objected to the plans on various grounds including its fear the turbine would be ‘visible from miles around’, as well as the worry of a precedent being set.

It said: “If this application is passed it will set a precedent and could open the flood gates for future applications which would have a dramatic effect on the landscape.”

West Midland Bird Club objects on the grounds of potential impact on Goat Lodge Heronry.

Fourteen letters of objection from neighbours have also been received citing a variety of reasons for objection such as visual impact, impact on Ecology, impact on nearby residents and insuffcient information.

The second of the applications is for 46.3m high 50kW turbine at Dunsfields Farm, in Marchington Woodlands.

Marchington Parish Council spoke in its objection about precedents.

It said: “Once this application is granted every farmer, small holder and every factory will be clamouring for similar planning to erect 75 to 100ft plus turbines.

“Once one is erected, precedent is set. In this case it will be hard to refuse planning for additional turbine units to same applicants.

“Soon this rural green land will be filled with white rotating blades high above the earth.”

Further reasons for objections from the parish council include impact on the landscape, and proximity to listed buildings.

Five letters of objection from neighbours cover similar ground, as well as the impact of the plans on the amenities of nearby residents.

The final of the three applications is for a 32.6m 65kW turbine at Smallwood Manor Farm in Netherland Green.

Marchington Parish Council has issued identical objections to the Dunsfields Farm application, while two letters of objections and one of no objection were also sent in to the council.

However, despite this outpouring of opposition to these three applications, all three are set to be given approval at a meeting of East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee on Monday at 2pm at Burton Town Hall.

Planning officer Jonathan Imber has recommended in his reports to the committee that the turbine developments are permitted, although the decision is the committee’s.

In all three cases Mr Imber concluded the plans would not impact on the landscape, would not unacceptably affect the amenities of nearby dwellings and not unacceptably harm protected species or their habitat.

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