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Planning row over wind masts  

Developers looking to build a multi-million pound eco-village near Market Drayton are challenging councillors over a decision to throw out their plans for temporary wind masts.

The Claymoss Group, which is behind a proposed leisure complex near Ashley, is currently building its case against Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s decision.

The group applied to put up temporary 60m high weather masts at the Maer Hills site in December but councillors rejected the bid.

Claymoss, ahead of a possible appeal to the Secretary of State, is looking to get councillors to scrap one of their reasons for rejecting the wind masts.

The borough council refused the plans claiming the masts would cause “unacceptable damage” to the landscape, disturb the area’s peace and affect the view and harm wildlife.

However, the developers have handed over evidence that the masts would not harm wildlife and councillors were due to assess this at a meeting today. They are recommended to withdraw the objection.

The developers are looking to power the Evolution Leisure Village with four wind turbines and the weather masts are needed to assess wind speeds.

A report to council states: “Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has now indicated that they are satisfied, given the distances and types of work, that mitigating effects on badgers will be possible therefore they consider there is enough information on badgers to give permission regarding this issue.”


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