Don’t miss out!

Get all the most important news and events to your inbox.

A wind turbine. Pic: Patrick Finnegan
Plans have been submitted for a wind turbine on the outskirts of the city that would stand almost 50 metres taller than Lichfield Cathedral. Severn Trent Water are planning to build the turbine on an area of the Sewage Treatment Works in Curborough. The company have also applied to Lichfield District Council for permission to put in associated cabling and a control building on the Watery Lane site. The turbine – which could measure up to 126.25 metres from ground to the highest tip of the blades – would dwarf Lichfield Cathedral’s 77 metre high main spire. Severn Trent’s documentation relating to the application says that the area is suitable due to the “absence of any neighbouring land use”. The statement continues:
“The wind turbine will typically consist of a steel tower with three carbon fibre blades. The turbine colour will be a non-reflective matt white/grey typical of wind turbines throughout the UK. “The site is an operational sewage works predominantly surrounded by areas of open countryside in agricultural use.”
The erection of wind turbines is a much-debated issue. A recent meeting regarding plans for three new turbines at Haunton near Lichfield saw residents vow to fight the proposals. County Councillor Matthew Ellis claimed the Haunton turbines would “dominate the countryside”, but Severn Trent’s Curborough application says some members of the public like the design of them. Their planning statement added:
“Whether turbines are considered to be acceptable or not is very much in the ‘eye of the beholder’. Some people will be positively disposed to them finding that they do not impair enjoyment of the countryside, viewing them as iconic or majestic structures, others will perceive them to be an unwelcome and alien feature in the landscape.”
Residents can have their say on the proposals on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.


Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

18 replies on “Plans drawn up for 125 metre high Lichfield wind turbine”

  1. Seems like an ideal spot for one really.
    Its by a major railway line, a sewarage farm and electrical pylons – only the people who enjoy windmills could be annoyed about this location.
    Its probably 2 miles as the crow flies from the cathedral.
    Whether windmills are any use or not i don’t know – But perhaps they are worth a try unlike some of the other eyesores built right next to the cathedral that hasn’t benefited the general public in any way whatsoever. (new minster house).

  2. The article is a call to action for NIMBYs focusing as it does on the height of the turbine in relation to the cathedral. The suggestion seems to be that if a person stands at the end of Bird St and looks across Minster Pool the turbine will be visible above the main spire.

  3. The size thing is not to say it’ll be visible, it’s to give it some context. 125metres means nothing unless you’ve got something to measure it against.

  4. I find it very unlikely this structure would ruin any view of Lichfield Cathedral.

    Listing the the height of both Structure is pretty pointless with out more data.

    Infact Lichfield cathedral is 94m altitude + 77mm height = 171m
    and this structure is
    110m altitue + 125m = 235m.

    However in general you cant see Lichfield cathedral until you go over pipe hill which is 125m and this is also likely to obscure the wind turbine as well.

    Therefore I would suggest the only 2 points in Lichfield you could possibly see the turbine from are Borrowcop Hill 115m and the top Eastern Avenue 117m but both are still lower than Pipehill.

    And you have to look in different directions to see both the cathedral + the turbine.

    However it may be possible to see both the turbine and the cathedral from shireoak hill 183m this is about 5.5 miles from the cathedral so I dont really think this is a problem. You’d have also been able to see the old power station at Burton if you eye sight was good enough.

    Its also possible to see rugely power station from some of the hills to the south of lichfield and the cathedral at the same but no one complains.,-1.904926&spn=0.038699,0.059566&z=14&iwloc=00047947035bdf8672694

  5. A LOT of people are opposed to this wind turbine. In who’s interests is it? To save Severn Trent Water money? It is too close to residential areas to consider going ahead with such a plan.

  6. John Meredith – renewable energy is in everbodys interests.
    Who profits from the windmill is an irrelevant argument against capitalism – we already have this profit situation.

    I do think there is a certain amount of irony regarding the Cathedral and Windmills.
    Aside from the factories – nothing in lichfield uses more energy than the cathedrals heating and floodlight system.
    – It would be more fitting if they had the windmill in the close – perhaps one on each spire.

  7. “It is too close to residential areas to consider going ahead with such a plan. ”

    No it isnt both hammerwhich and lichfield are at least 1 mile away.

    I would class PiPe hill and muckely corner as residental areas there just houses in a rural area.

  8. I would not class PiPe hill and muckely corner as residental areas the are just houses in a rural area.

    PS we really need an edit key for the Posts with my sPelling

  9. How many metres is it from the nearest house and can someone translate that into an appropriate NIMBY stick measurement? Apparently the people of Lichfield are unable to visualise distances.

  10. Roger Robinson – Not sure about your last comment since the turbine is going nowhere near Pipe Hill and Muckley Corner. This turbine is to be located about 0.75 miles from Eastern Avenue – a large residential area.

  11. Unconcerned Citizen – I wholeheartedly agree that renewable energy is an inevitibility and a good thing. However, my point about Severn Trent Water being the profiteers was to bring forward the fact that the motives for building such a turbine are based on STW saving on their own electicity bills, and not ‘green concerns’, and as such it isn’t a strong enough reason to build nearby residential areas.
    If this was the only location for a wind turbine I would not have an argument, but one of the prime reasons for this location is that is very close to an existing electical sub-station and therefore saves STW a lot of money on cabling! As a result the residents and rural community will suffer. Have you ever been within a mile of a wind turbine? Repetitive blade shadows across long distances, repetitive swoosh noises, ugly skyline.

  12. Ah for some reason I thought it was the Severn Trent site on Walsall road. Im sure the article said that on Friday.

    Oh well Curborough is a better site than I though, its in a little dip the alltititude is only 69m there.

    So its only going to have a total height of 194m.

    Much lower than say the chimney stack at rugely power station

    73m + 183m = 256m

    It will be a about a mile from eastern avenue. (the edge of lichfield) Which is much further than rugely power station is from bereton.

    As you mention it will be highly visible from both the hills on Eastern Avenue but the power station is highly visible from the chase and people have just got used to it.

    Ive updated my map,-1.814632&spn=0.005252,0.013937&z=17

  13. Actually measuring it on digital OS mapping using suitable digital tools, It’s pretty much dead on a mile – and that’s from the northernmost tip of Lichfield. I’d also point out that it’s well beyond the railway.

    Look on the positive side – it might move the smell from the sewage works out toward the Needwood Valley rather than north Lichfield…


  14. I’d be very suprised if it can be heard from Eastern Avenue above the noise of the road and the railway line. I live on a road just off from Eastern Avenue and would be delighted to see it on the skyline.

  15. I am bothered that the people of Lichfield are more bothered by a view than by attempts to reduce the use of non-renewable energy resources, and reduce production of CO2. Can i suggest you take a photo of your precious view and put in on your wall, and let the rest of us get on with making the planet better for future generations. I don’t deny that having a huge turbine build too close to your home would be unpleasant, but my OS maps shows very few properties close by, and I’d rather see turbines than Power stations any day. I’ve recently been to Greece, and found their wind farms on the island hills to be a welcome addition to the landscape.

Comments are closed.