August 18, 2010

Residents and councillors campaign against wind turbine proposals near Shavington

by Will Harris, Crewe Chronicle, 18 August 2010

Shavington residents are up in arms over a towering 110ft wind turbine which could be approved at a planning meeting next month.

The 11kw Gaia turbine, which would have an 88ft mast and rotor with a 42ft diameter, would be built on the Blakelow Business Park on Newcastle Road, near Shavington.

The owners want to provide ‘green energy’ for all the units at the business park, with any excess energy inputted into the National Grid. But furious residents are concerned that the turbine would be close to residential properties in Main Road and Newcastle Road.

They say it will be unsightly and noisy, and that research indicates health risks affecting people who suffer with migraines and epilepsy.

The application will be determined at a Cheshire East southern planning committee meeting on September 1.

Cllr Margaret Simon, who attended a special residents’ meeting with Cllr Brian Silvester, said: “The application is due to be heard at 2pm at the Municipal Buildings in Crewe and I advise residents to turn out in force to support Cllr Silvester and myself who will be representing them and voicing their concerns.”

Cllr Silvester added: “The proposed wind turbine would be a blot on the landscape and is totally unacceptable.

“No resident anywhere should be expected to have such a monstrosity on their doorstep. It’s just not on!”

Residents have submitted 36 letters of objection to Cheshire East Council’s planning department.

They are also concerned at the potential fall in value of their properties.

One, who did not wish to be named, said: “My wife and I were looking forward to retiring to sunnier climes.

“Now my home could be devalued by £25,000, even if we could find a buyer.”

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