Campaigners battling to stop four huge wind turbines ‘blighting’ the picturesque Weaver Valley overlooking Mid Cheshire are celebrating after planners rejected the controversial scheme.
However, councillors who voted in favour have called on the full council to have a look at the decision.
An application by Tegni Cymru to site the 410ft high turbines in a Green Belt area at Aston, visible and audible from parts of Crowton, Acton Bridge and Kingsley, was rejected after chairman Albert Bailey used his casting vote following a deadlock on voting to turn down the application.
Campaigners made up of residents and parish council members addressed the committee.
The decision will still have to be ratified by the full council on November 30, but campaigners say the plans have been dealt a ‘severe blow’.
Mike Cooksley, chairman of tourism group Visit Cheshire, said councillors ‘recognised that the visual impact and loss of amenity to local communities far outweighed the negligible benefits that would accrue if the scheme went ahead’.
He added: ‘This is a triumph. Had this development gone ahead, it would have jeopardised the likely development of the planned Weaver Valley Regional Park, which will stretch through Mid Cheshire.’
Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall said: ‘I am delighted that the planning committee turned the application down. I am not against renewable energy, but for the damage this would cause and the amount of renewable energy these four turbines would produce, the intrusion into the countryside couldn’t be justified.’
But Steve Pardoe, the vice-chairman of Acton Bridge Parish Council, warned the fact it was going before full council was a blow. He said: ‘It’s very disappointing, and extends the burden on the many volunteers and parish councillors who have already given up so much of their spare time and taken time off work.
‘However, we are determined to continue our opposition to this outrageous eyesore which is being foisted on the beautiful Cheshire landscape.’
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