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Wind farm protesters 'will be heard'  

Planners have moved to reassure campaigners against plans for a Staffordshire wind farm that their objections will be heard.

Protesters have called on Cannock Chase Council to extend a deadline of February 11.

That was a deadline for objections to a planning application for three wind turbines at the former Bleak House opencast coal mine, between Heath Hayes and Burntwood. The application, by power firm Howarth Power is not due to be heard until April at the earliest.

Campaigners were angry about the short consultation period.

Sandra Richards, spokesman for Cannock Chase Council, said: “The planning authority consulted extensively by sending letters to approximately 1,800 residents and other consultees on January 10.

“The consultation period expires on February 11. The time given was longer than the normal consultation period.

“It is likely the planning application will not be put before the planning control committee until March or April 2008.

“As such, the council will still consider representations made to it until the matter is submitted to the committee.”

Express & Star

30 January 2008

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