Controversial wind turbine plan given the green light

Published date: 17 December 2013 |
Published by: Sarah Staples 
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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind turbine to be built in a village near Ellesmere have been accepted despite fears the area is being turned into a wind farm.
Shropshire Council’s North Planning Committee agreed to carry the application for a 154ft (47m) turbine to be created at Kenwick Lodge Farm in Cockshutt, which will produce 225kW of electricity.
Energy produced from the turbine will be used to power milking machines on the farm that are used twice a day, 365 days a year.
Remaining energy will be put into the National Grid.
Shropshire Council received five letters objecting to the turbine, which has already been deferred at a September planning meeting.

One objection was from Cockshutt-cum-Petton Parish Council who felt the cumulative effect of turbines in the area was not being highlighted well enough.
Cockshutt Parish councillor John Dickin spoke at last week’s planning meeting in Shrewsbury to voice concerns from the village that the turbine would have a cumulative effect on the land around Cockshutt.
He said: “Our main concern is the impact it will have on the surrounding area.”
But speaking at the meeting Councillor Vince Hunt said: “Farmers are finding it increasingly difficult with rising costs and declining margins.
“I can’t see any reason to refuse this.”
Despite approving the turbine at Kenwick Lodge, plans for a turbine at nearby Top House Farm in Cockshutt were deferred by members after it was agreed more information was needed in relation to the size of the turbine and the power it is proposed to generate.
If approved, the 160ft (49m) turbine will produce 60kW of electricity which will be used to power the applicant’s farm and any excess will be fed into the national grid.
Councillor Gerald Dakin said: “It is similar in size and topography to the Kenwick turbine, but 60kW to me is not a benefit.
“It has the same visual effect but it only gives a third of the power.”
Eight members agreed to defer the application to get more information.
Speaking about both turbine applications, Councillor for The Meres, Brian Williams, said: “At what stage will it be when members realise we are reaching the point where the cumulative impact is too much.
“The Meres seems to be the epicentre of turbine applications at the moment and sadly I am here every time to express the local views.”


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