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‘Confusing’ Lichfield council document made campaigners think wind farm plan was lower  

Credit:  by Justine Halifax | Birmingham Mail | www.birminghammail.net 27 July 2012 ~~

Confusing council documents wrongly led villagers to believe controversial wind farm plans had been down-sized, a campaigner has claimed.

Consultation letters to residents, the front page of planning documentation and Lichfield District Council’s website showed an application from German firm Prowind for two wind turbines at Hoggs Hill, Haunton, standing at 75 metres in height.

But after taking a closer look at the application, Lichfield Rural East county councillor Matthew Ellis revealed the turbines are actually 102 metres.

It’s the second application from Prowind, which withdrew plans for four larger turbines at the site ahead of a meeting.

Coun Ellis said: “The new Prowind application has been portrayed in a somewhat confusing way in planning information widely provided.

“On closer examination of the papers, it is clear they are not 75 metres but 102 metres in height – only 23 metres shorter than the original application they withdrew.

“The district council advised this time they changed the designation used from the full height – including the blades – to only the height of the tower – minus the blades.

“The appearance of 125 metres going down this time to 75 metres is wrong.”

Richard King, the council’s strategic director of democratic, development and legal services, said he has moved to correct any confusion.

He said: “We realised the description of the wind turbines in the original letters could lead to confusion.

“To make the full height of the wind turbines clear, we re-advertised in the local press, sent out letters to residents and put up new site notices.”

Source:  by Justine Halifax | Birmingham Mail | www.birminghammail.net 27 July 2012

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