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Cannock wind turbine bid is rejected  

Credit:  Express & Star | February 21, 2013 | www.expressandstar.com ~~

Controversial plans to install a 334ft wind turbine in Cannock have been thrown out after it was labelled a “blot on the landscape”.

Councillors unanimously voted against the scheme which was earmarked for a field two and a half miles from Cannock Chase.

Turning down the application yesterday, members of Cannock Chase Council planning committee claimed the turbines would be too noisy and visible for miles.

Unhappy residents also spoke at the meeting, raising fears of the structure damaging the local wildlife.

Mr Colin Carter, a resident who lives in Castlecroft, Norton Canes, said: “We think this is an inappropriate development for the green belt.

“We live 1.5km away from the proposed site and we’ll have a view of it from every window. It’s as high as the Rugeley Power Station chimneys and will cause irreparable damage to wildlife.”

Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury Councillor John Rowley told members: “This wind turbine will be about 102 metres high from the ground to the blade tips. It will be nothing more than a blot on the landscape.”

Hawks Green Councillor John Bernard said the turbine would be an “eyesore”.

He added: “This will have an adverse impact on the landscape and character, as well as the local wildlife.”

The proposed turbine site was at the junction of Norton Lane and Hickling Road.

Source:  Express & Star | February 21, 2013 | www.expressandstar.com

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