Massive blow for wind turbine protesters in Shavington as they learn of appeal against planning refusal
Protesters who campaigned to stop a wind turbine being set up in the open countryside in Shavington have suffered a body blow with the news the applicants have appealed against the planning refusal.
Just two months ago, campaigners were celebrating after Cheshire East Council turned down the application for the 112ft turbine.
Members of the council’s southern planning committee refused the application earmarked for a site at Blakelow Business Park on Newcastle Road, claiming it would be an eyesore and ‘would be harmful to the character and appearance of the village’.
Now the applicants, GV and E Pickering, has appealed against the council’s decision to refuse planning consent.
Local ward councillors Brian Silvester and Margaret Simon are furious.
Cllr Silvester said: “Cllr Simon and myself worked very closely with local residents and the parish council to get the original planning application overwhelmingly refused by the southern planning committee of the Cheshire East Council.
“We will now have to start the campaign again to make sure the appeal is rejected. The proposed wind turbine would be a blot on the landscape that would be visible for miles. We must fight hard to prevent our local landscape from being destroyed.
“We encourage all concerned residents to write to express their objections, whether they objected originally or not, by November 30.
“A planning inspector will hear the appeal, probably in the new year.”
Anyone wishing to object should send their objections, in triplicate, to The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/14, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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