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Bid for wind turbines at site where Romans lived is now history  

Credit:  By Alex Keller | Sutton Coldfield Observer | www.suttoncoldfield-people.co.uk ~~

Lichfield District Council’s planning committee has turned down proposals for two wind turbines on green belt land near Letocetum, the Roman site at Wall.

Measured from the ground to the tip of a blade at its tallest, the white-painted 50kw turbines would have had an overall height of 46 metres.

The application, submitted by agent Bowler Energy on behalf of village farmer Stuart Ryman, asked to site the turbines on his land at Manor Farm.

But on Monday, councillors agreed with planning officers’ recommendation to refuse the scheme.

“The proposal represents inappropriate development in the green belt,” a report to the planning committee said.

“It is considered that very special circumstances have not been demonstrated which clearly outweigh the harm that would be caused to the green belt by reason of inappropriateness and the other harm identified.

“Whilst the proposed wind turbines would make a contribution towards renewable energy generation, this does not outweigh the inappropriateness and other harm identified. By virtue of the siting and scale of the proposed turbines there would be an unacceptable impact on the openness of the Green Belt and its landscape and visual amenity; impact on residential amenity; and, limited impact on the setting of some nearby heritage assets.”

The application for the turbines maintained they would have “minimal” impact on the landscape and Wall’s conservation area – a point backed by an archaeological report commissioned by Bowler.

“The turbines proposed would not create any negative impact upon amenity through noise, traffic or pollution and any visual impact in the wider landscape would be minimal,” the application said.

It maintained any adverse impact would be offset by the “economic and environmental benefit” of renewable energy.

But the archeological report concluded there would be a “moderate averse” effect on some listed buildings in Wall conservation area.

Source:  By Alex Keller | Sutton Coldfield Observer | www.suttoncoldfield-people.co.uk

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