Plan to site 300ft high turbine on edge of town


Sarah Staples

A 100-METRE high turbine has been planned for land on the outskirts of Ellesmere.
An application has been submitted by agents Intech Clean Energy UK to Shropshire Council for a 99.7m (327ft) wind turbine to be created on land to the east of Ellesmere Road, near the A495 Oswestry Road at Tetchill.
Chairman for Ellesmere Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln McMullan said: “I am totally 100 per cent against it. The Chamber of Commerce has discussed it and is against the plans.
“It will make noise all day and will send sun lines across the town from the blades of the turbine.
“The new development is coming to the town and we need it to bring people into Ellesmere. It is madness to put it so close to the town centre
“Applicants say it will cut costs of power for so many homes but it is not like we are going to get free power. If I could be more than 100 per cent opposed to it I would be,” he added.
The 500kW turbine has been submitted on behalf of local agricultural business Seven Sisters and could produce up to 1,400 MWh of electricity per year, supplying energy to around 280 houses a year and saving 658 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The model, an Enercon E-53, has a rotor diameter of 53m and measures 73m to the hub.
A planning statement on behalf of Severn Sisters says: “The applicant is keen to make a contribution to offsetting their own and the community’s carbon emissions. The proposed turbine will be a buffer against energy prices, providing energy to the electrical distribution network for use locally.”
A noise assessment has been carried out at the site and concludes all noise levels would be below limits set out by the Energy Technology Support Unit (ETSU) and the local authority.
Meanwhile, the application has gained support from several people. Commenting on the Shropshire Council’s planning website, Emma Hope said: “In my opinion, wind turbines are an essential and necessary step towards sustainable energy and I actually think they look extremely pleasing in the countryside.”
Stuart McDonald added: “This project seems like an excellent idea. It is a great way of helping the environment, even if in a small way.”
Ellesmere town mayor Alan Clarke said: “From my knowledge every application for a turbine in this area so far has been objected to.
“In my own personal view I am opposed to them as I don’t believe they are cost effective,” he added.

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