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Energy firm eyes Much Wenlock site to build wind turbines  

Credit:  Shropshire Star | December 3, 2013 | www.shropshirestar.com/ ~~

An energy company has revealed early plans to build two huge wind turbines on land in Much Wenlock.

Mi-Grid, a Cornwall-based company, is looking to expand into Shropshire, with land in Kenley being its preferred option.

The company, trading through Mi-Grid Energy Limited and Mi-Grid Developments Limited, has contacted landowners with a view to installing two 500 kilowatt turbines, which residents fear could measure more than 70 metres in height.

But the company said the project, which would see the turbines connected to the local grid, was in the very early stages.

Peter Grist, of Wyres Barn, who lives near the proposed site, said: “Western Power Distribution are being asked to consider the connection of the turbines to their network.

“Two of these sites are located in Kenley, looking on to Wenlock Edge, which is classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

“Kenley has recently seen a similar project rejected at a planning appeal.

“The planning inspectorate decided the impact upon the countryside would be unacceptable given the nature of the landscape and its charm.

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“Residents are amazed a further scheme is being proposed for even larger turbines and the possibility of there being two turbines almost next to each other.

“The visual impact of the turbines would certainly be noticeable to many, both from their houses, the roads, bridleways and footpaths surrounding the proposed site.

“It seems the financial gains to both Mi-Grid and the landowners are being considered to be more important than the local environment.

“The very charm of this valley is its patchwork of fields and hedgerows.

“For that panorama to be interrupted by the sight and sound of 70-metre high windmills is abhorrent.

“I asked Mi-Grid what size 500kwt turbines would be and they clarified such turbines could reach 70 metres in height.”

Chloe Bines, senior project manager for Mi- Grid, said a feasibility process was currently taking place and the company was liaising with Western Power Distribution to determine a grid connection offer for the two locations.

She said the company was in communication with network service providers to investigate electronic magnetic interference constraints locally, which could take up to 11 weeks.

She said: “It can take up to 13 weeks to receive feedback from Western Power with regards to an offer. To date, we are unsure of whether a single wind turbine or two will be pursued into planning due to available grid capacity on site.

“Until we receive a grid connection offer there is also uncertainty to whether we will need to connect into the 11kV line, or the 33kV line.

“The project is at the very early stages and is going through technical assessment. At this stage there is every chance it will be abandoned.”

Source:  Shropshire Star | December 3, 2013 | www.shropshirestar.com/

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