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Newton wind turbine given approval  

Credit:  By Joanna Craig | Uttoxeter Post and Times | December 22, 2014 | www.uttoxeter-news.co.uk ~~

Turbine protesters have been disappointed after it was revealed an installation which could ‘ruin countryside views’ has been approved after going to appeal.

East Staffordshire Borough Council planning chiefs have granted permission for a wind turbine at Manor Farm in Newton near Abbots Bromley.

The main issues in the appeal were the visual and landscape effects of the proposed wind turbine and the effects on migratory and other birds.

The appeal site is located in an area defined as being of high-medium sensitivity to wind turbine development.

The appeal decision report said: “The proposed turbine would inevitably have an effect on the character of the landscape.

“However it would not significantly detract from the other distinctive elements which make up the existing character.

“So while the proposal would introduce considerable change to the landscape, that change would not in itself result in substantial change.

“The proposed wind turbine would be a substantial structure and would be clearly visible at relatively close range from a number of residential properties particularly in Newton.

“However at that distance the medium scale turbine would not be so obtrusive or overbearing as to be unacceptable.”

As regards protected birds, a survey was carried out which was given approval by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Conditions of the approval are that a traffic management plan be implemented and that the turbine be dismantled if it failed to operate for six consecutive months and that noise emissions not to exceed set levels.

Additionally the development must be carried out in accordance with approved ecological mitigation measures.

A Newton resident who did not wish to be named said: “It’s noise which concerns me the most and the effect on landscape.

“We strongly oppose the turbine and it seems that power is not in the hands of local people when it comes to important decisions about our neighbourhood. The people who will be affected don’t get a say in it.

“I personally think offshore wind farms are the best solution as they do not impact on communities.”

Newton residents have been actively campaigning against the turbine with signatures collected for a petition.

Source:  By Joanna Craig | Uttoxeter Post and Times | December 22, 2014 | www.uttoxeter-news.co.uk

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