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Single mast in new plans for beauty spot  

A developer has lodged new plans for a temporary meteorological mast at a Staffordshire beauty spot.

Last October, Claymoss Properties won planning permission for two 60-metre masts at Maer Hills, near Newcastle, following an appeal to the planning inspector.

But now the company says it only needs to put up one such mast, and has sent a new planning application to Newcastle Borough Council.

Claymoss eventually plans to build a wind farm and 800 holiday homes on the site, and the mast will be used to measure wind conditions at the location over a 12-month period.

Campaigners have fought a long-running battle against the scheme, which they believe will destroy an area of natural beauty.

In its application, the developer says the mast will have minimal impact on the area.

Planners will consider the application over the coming weeks.

As the planning committee’s original decision to refuse permission was overturned by the inspector, it seems unlikely the new application will be turned down.

The Sentinel

20 February 2008

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