Call for Lichfield planners to give “careful consideration” to wind turbines

A wind turbine. Pic: Patrick Finnegan

A wind turbine. Pic: Patrick Finnegan

Planners have been urged to give “careful consideration” to the impact wind turbines could have on communities in and around Lichfield.

The call comes from Staffordshire County Council after confirmation that 12 applications currently going through the planning process across the region.

Among the applications made in recent months was a proposal for a 125-metre high wind turbine on land in the Curborough area of the city.

And with a review into the role wind turbines may play in the environmental strategy of the region due to be completed later this year, Staffordshire County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, has called for a thorough examination of the potential impact of such projects.

He explained:

“We have become aware that some of the companies submitting planning applications to create wind farms have been citing the previous County Council’s policies in support of their application. Whilst the County Council accepts the contribution that renewable energy plays in tackling climate change, we feel passionately about our beautiful county. Taking this into account we would urge the planning authorities to give full and careful consideration of the impact that a wind farm development would have on the local community and on the rural environment.

“We are concerned about the impact on the countryside of wind turbines, and are looking closely at the place this technology has in our strategy to reduce the county’s carbon emissions. This review is due for completion in May 2010.”

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