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Doubts remain over wind turbines  

A plan for four 125m wind turbine generators in Aston could be given the green light next week.

Objectors say they are ‘disappointed and concerned’ Vale Royal Borough Council has recommended the application be approved.

Tegni Cymru Cyf submitted the application last year and planning chief Richard Ellison indicated that, due to the nature of the Green Belt site and the scale of the proposed development, it would only be passed if the developer proved ‘very special circumstances’ to justify the scheme.

Mr Ellison said: ‘Even if the planning committee accepts my recommendation, they cannot actually issue that approval because the site is in the Green Belt and the proposed development would be a significant departure from the borough council’s local plan. It would have to go to the Secretary of State for consideration.’

Aston parish clerk Ian Leather said: ‘Mr Ellison has produced a lengthy report saying that, overall, the developer has established these ‘very special circumstances’ but it doesn’t change our position.

‘I understand the borough council has received around 300 letters of objection so we have to put our faith in councillors now.’ Vale Royal Planning Committee will descend on the site this morning to assess the scheme.

Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall said the proposed development would be ‘a very visible blot on a very beautiful landscape’.

He said: ‘I’m not at all convinced there is a need for these four turbines. I understand the amount of energy they would produce is limited.’

Runcorn Weekly News


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