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Wind turbine battle set to begin with two proposals  

Credit:  BY JENNY MOODY | 30 April 2013 | www.uttoxeter-news.co.uk ~~

Residents are gearing up for battle as two wind turbines are proposed in villages surrounding Uttoxeter.

The first 242ft (74 metres) turbine has been proposed on land south west of Spring Farm, in Bramshall, and the second will be in Newton which will effect residents living near Blithfield Reservoir.

The Bramshall turbine has been put forward by Hallmark Power Ltd and would be a single 500KW unit with an associated access track.

It would be a three blade model with a hub height of 164ft (50 metres) and a blade diameter of 157 ft (48 metres).

A planning statement, produced on behalf of the applicant by Stephen Bate, said: “The turbine construction would require concrete foundations, which are octagonal in shape, having a diameter of 10.4 metres (34 feet).

“The proposed single turbine is of medium size and has been located away from residential properties and within an area of undulating topography and pockets of vegetation, such that its planned scale has been influenced by the existing character of the local area.

“The access track will be a permanent construction, to allow access for maintenance over a 20 year period. The route is from the existing highway access at Spring Farm.”

The application site is located within an agricultural landholding associated with Manor Farm, Nobut, Leigh.

Mr Bate added: “The proposed site is separate from the main farm and is located south west of Spring Farm, Bramshall, south of the B5027.

“The site itself is located within an agricultural arable field, with indigenous hedgerows on the field boundaries. There are several isolated trees and pockets of woodland in the area.

“The location of the turbine has been chosen to benefit from the on-site wind resource, the availability of space on site, with an adequate separation distance from residential properties, ecology issues and other interests of acknowledged importance and also the ability of the surrounding landscape and built environment to have the capacity to absorb the development in terms of visual and noise impact.”

David Bown, of the Uttoxeter Wind Turbine Action Group who successfully defeated plans for a turbine on Uttoxeter Quarry, in Spath, has vowed to help residents if they do not think it is right.

He said if people require help in fighting it they can contact the group at info@uwtag.co.uk

The Advertiser understands the turbine proposed for Newton is on a farm at one of the highest points in the village which will affect the quality of life of the residents and those in surrounding villages.

Fred Pritchard, a resident of Newton, said: “The healing of the scars of mining and industry has in the main now taken place only to find new ‘blots on the landscape’ in the proposed form of monstrous wind turbines being totally out of character with the countryside.

“In this uphill struggle to prevent this wind turbine at Newton, which will be the thin end of the wedge if permitted, the residents have banded together with objections to East Staffordshire Borough Council to object and fight for their Human Rights of having peace and quiet and this green and pleasant land left alone with ill conceived useless plan for so-called eco energy.

“The residents of Newton are squaring up for a fight to reject and refuse planning consent on wind turbines and not allow them to scar this green and pleasant land. An action group is already being planned by them.

“One might say a David and Goliath struggle. David did win in the end.”

Source:  BY JENNY MOODY | 30 April 2013 | www.uttoxeter-news.co.uk

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