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Seeing how the wind blows on power plan  

Hundreds of residents living near the site of a proposed wind farm are to be asked for their views on the plans.

Cannock Chase Council will be sending out letters, putting up site notices and placing notices in the local press.

The planning application for the former Bleak House opencast coal mine between Chase Terrace and Heath Hayes is for three wind turbines which are 64 metres high to the hub.

The turbines would have three rotor blades with an overall diameter of 84 metres. The maximum height when the blade is at the top of its revolution is 102 metres.

Access tracks, a small building and meteorological mast are all included on the application. There would be no overhead electricity cables.

An environmental statement has been submitted with the application and both can be viewed at the Civic Centre in Cannock or the libraries in Burntwood and Heath Hayes.

The statement assesses the impacts on various issues including landscape, ecology, noise, traffic, affect on birds and television and radio reception.

Planning control manager John Heminsley said: “While individual notification letters are being sent to residents, anyone can comment on the plans.

“Any written comments will be taken into account and these must be submitted by February 11.

“A decision is likely to be taken by the council’s planning control committee in March or April.”

Comments should be sent to either John Heminsley or Mazer Aqbal in the planning department at Cannock Chase District Council.

Lichfield Mercury

17 January 2008

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