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MPs join residents against wind turbine plan near Tamworth  

Credit:  By Justine Halifax | Birmingham Mail | 25 October 2012 | www.birminghammail.net ~~

Two Midland MPs have joined forces to thwart a wind turbine bid following a wave of opposition from residents.

It comes in the wake of a developer’s efforts to erect a turbine near a service station at junction 10 of the M42 on the border of Tamworth Borough Council and North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Tamworth MP Chris Pincher and North Warwickshire MP Dan Byles have penned letters to their respective councils to “make clear” that they “do not believe more wind farm applications are right for the local area”.

It is the latest application to face opposition from South Staffordshire residents.

Previous applications have been for a 300ft high turbine at Weeford, near Lichfield, and two 345ft high turbines at Hams Hall, near Tamworth.

Mr Byles said: “I’m concerned that our area, where different planning authorities covering North Warwickshire, Tamworth, Lichfield and North West Leicestershire meet, risks being overbuilt with wind turbines which aren’t economically sensible nor popular with local people who have to pay for them through their energy bills.

“We really need to call a halt to this sort of development.”

A 67 metre high turbine application was first lodged with North Warwickshire council but, when that was refused, an application for a 50 metre high test mast just a few feet away was lodged on the Tamworth side of the border. This was also refused.

But Mr Pincher fears the developer “may” lodge another application at the site in future and regardless of which council it’s submitted to he claims would affect both areas.

He said: “Both Dan and I sit on the Energy Select Committee in Parliament and take a keen interest in renewable energy.

“However we’ve real concerns about the economic viability of many on-shore wind proposals and the subsidy required to support them which comes out of the pockets of hard pressed households.

“So we want a considered view of green energy policy and want local councils like Tamworth and North Warwickshire to reflect on local concerns about unsightly and expensive turbines.”

Source:  By Justine Halifax | Birmingham Mail | 25 October 2012 | www.birminghammail.net

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