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Planners reject wind farm bid 

Credit:  Lancashire Evening Post | 17 March 2013 | www.lep.co.uk ~~

Developers have been been accused of “harassing” residents by submitting repeated applications for wind turbines on farm land.

South Ribble Council’s planning committee has rejected the latest plans for four wind turbines at Chestnut House Farm in Wham Lane, Little Hoole, near Preston.

The committee had previously knocked back an application for a single turbine to provide renewable energy at the farm, which is now going to an appeal.

The four-turbine scheme was then lodged last year but withdrawn, before being resubmitted to the planning department.

Some 275 people objected to the latest proposal, arguing it was too close to their homes and would cause disturbance through noise and flickering.

Dozens of them turned out to a planning meeting at Leyland’s Civic Centre to air their views on the application.

The Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems and Blackpool Airport had also objected because of worries the turbines, which are up to 150ft tall, could interfere with their aviation radar.

Cathy Roper of residents’ group Protect Little Hoole said: “It’s an obviously flawed application.

“The applicant has failed to demonstrate the benefits outweigh the harm.

“I find it hard to follow his logic in submitting an application for four turbines including two taller than the original one.

“It shows scant respect for the principles of planning.”

Councillors voted to reject the turbines, in line with a recommendation by planning officers, who described it as an “inapporporiate development in the green belt.”

Bamber Bridge West Coun Paul Foster said: “I’m not against wind turbines but I have great sympathy for the residents here.

“I tend to agree this is bordering on harassment.

“How much longer will we accept continued applications on this site?”

Golden Hill Coun Matthew Tomlinson added: “People have the right to put in applications but there comes a time when that becomes vexatious.

“I’d suggest this constant putting in of applications is approaching that.”

Speaking after the meeting, applicant Harry Sutton said: “I’m not trying to create a workload for the councillors.

“I’m trying to do what I can for my business and produce renewable energy.

“That’s all it has been about.”

Two other planning applications for turbines in South Ribble which were rejected by the planning committee have also gone to appeal.

South Ribble Council knocked back plans for a 50kw, 110ft turbine in Parker Lane in Whitestake last year and proposals for a 60ft turbine at Flag Lane in Penwortham last year.

Both will now be considered by government planning inspectors.

Source:  Lancashire Evening Post | 17 March 2013 | www.lep.co.uk

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