May 24, 2012

Wind turbine plans near National Memorial Arboretum

By Justine Halifax, Birmingham Post, 24 May 2012

Campaigners have warned that the National Memorial Aboretum could become hemmed in by turbines if plans for a wind farm are approved.

German firm Prowind has submitted a planning application for two wind turbines at Hoggs Hill, Haunton, near Tamworth, to Lichfield District Council.

Only last month 157 villagers in nearby Clifton Campville put their names to a letter to planning minister Dr Greg Clark calling for a rethink over wind farms.

The letter was handed over by Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher after it emerged that Prowind planned to re-apply to erect two turbines at the site.

Last April the firm’s proposals for four 125-metre ‘towers’ were withdrawn at the 11th hour ahead of a council planning meeting, where the application had been earmarked for refusal.

Around 900 residents had objected, claiming the installations would dominate the landscape and be twice as tall as nearby St Andrew’s Church.

This time, Prowind were expected to submit plans for two 102-metre turbines, but County Councillor Matthew Ellis has revealed the application is for smaller structures.

He said: “Prowind have now submitted their application, including the additional information required by planners, to Lichfield and it is in the process of being registered.”

He added: “The proposal is still very significant, but smaller than expected, with two turbines of 75 metres in height rather than the 102 metres expected.”

Earlier this year, Coun Ellis claimed that, if approved, the plan could lead to more land in Staffordshire being seized upon by energy companies.

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