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Delight as Shropshire turbine proposal dropped

Controversial plans to build a 47-metre high wind turbine to power a poultry farm in the Shropshire countryside have been dropped – to the delight of campaigners.

The proposals for the turbine at a farm run by Corve Poultry Ltd in Bourton, near Much Wenlock, were withdrawn earlier this week. It comes after members of Shropshire Council had previously asked for more detailed information about the plans.

Sixty-four people and Much Wenlock Town Council had objected to the plans, claiming it would have a negative effect on the landscape and would hit tourism in Much Wenlock.

Further concerns had been raised about the rise in carbon emissions caused by transporting and building the turbine, noise and the impact on the Shropshire Way and Jack Mytton Way.

No-one from Corve Poultry Ltd was available to comment, but William Cash, of the Stop Bridgnorth Wind Farm campaign group, said the plans had been unpopular and that their removal was “good news”.

In a report to the council, case officer Thomas Cannaby said council’s policy was to seek to promote all renewable energy systems, large and small.

The report states: “They acknowledge the importance of small scale systems and that appropriately sited and scaled turbines are acceptable and should be supported. The key issue is whether the proposal would result in any adverse impact on landscape character, visual amenity or residential amenity that would outweigh the benefits of the scheme in terms of renewable energy generation.

“In this instance it is considered both the citing and scale of the proposed turbine is acceptable as it would not result in harm to local residents due to unacceptable noise levels or flicker and would not have a significant adverse impact on the quality and character of the rural landscape and would not appear unacceptably obtrusive, overbearing or oppressive to the nearby residential properties.”

Tim Rogers, area planning manager for Shropshire Council, said: “I can confirm that the applicants have withdrawn their application but have not specified any reasons for doing so.”

DJM Consulting, on behalf of the applicants, was unavailable for comment today.