The construction of the first wind turbine in the borough of Shrewsbury and Atcham has been welcomed by members of the town’s Green Party.
Approval was given to plans for a 24-metre high wind turbine on farmland in Annscroft at a meeting of the borough council’s development control committee last week.
Members approved the application which had been recommended for refusal by officers.
The officers claimed it would be detrimental to the countryside.
But Longden parish councillor Jonathan Sedgebeer, of the Green Party, said that he supported the application.
He said many people will view the structure as an elegant representation of a cleaner, more sustainable future.
Mr Sedgebeer said members should be reminded of their new powers under the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act and the recently signed Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.
Both of these charge the council with promoting sustainable energy projects.
The parish councillor said Shrewsbury and Atcham could now lead the way in becoming a “˜Green Borough’.
Members of the development control committee agreed to approve the application, subject to the colour being changed from orange, following support from Shrewsbury Friends of the Earth and no objections.
There was some concern about possible noise from the turbine but officers said the structure would be 100 metres from the nearest property.
Councillor Tony Durnell said the authority should be backing something that was so environmentally beneficial.
Councillor Tom Hendry said: “I think we should consider that it’s a toe in the water for Shrewsbury and Atcham and I think we should approve it.”
And Councillor Malcolm Price added: “I think somewhere along the line we have to try this and see if it works or not.”
By Andy Robbins
1 June 2007
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