Residents are determined to fight plans to install a 90 metre wind turbine on green belt land.
The application to build the development on land near Toogood Lane, Wrightington, was submitted to West Lancashire council earlier this month and has already attracted concern from people living nearby who claim the turbine will have a detrimental effect on the area’s green belt landscape.
Karen Collins, a member of the Wrat Pack (Wrightington Residents Against Turbines), said that residents were worried that they would have to live with the effects of the development for years to come.
She said: “At 90m – almost 300ft – the turbine will be twice the height of the Mormon church spire in Chorley. It will have significant impact on the landscape character.
“The size and scale of this wind turbine is totally inappropriate for a small village. This is commercialisation of the country’s green belt.”
The council’s policy on renewable energy supports the installation of renewable schemes providing there is no negative effect to the local area.
The policy also states that planning permission on green belt land would only be granted in very special circumstances and a planning statement from Freshfields explains that “consideration should be given to the whether the development constitutes” this.
Janet Watt, who has lived in Church Lane, for more than 25 years, is just one of the residents who has objected to the plans.
Among her concerns were the impact of the turbine on the visual amenity for residents and visitors, noise and vibration disturbance, the flicker shadow – the flicker effect from the sunlight shining through the moving blades – and the effect the development could have on the area’s wildlife.
An environment report from the applicant, Freshfield, stated that there are no records of protected or notable species held within the survey area. It also said that although the turbine will be a noticeable feature it is not considered to be out of scale in relation to its surroundings.
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