Plans for a wind farm near Lichfield have been withdrawn.

It had been feared that Germany company ProWind would launch an appeal against any decision to reject the scheme after officials had indicated that the development should be refused planning permission.

However, the application for the site at Haunton was pulled at the last minute before councillors made their official decision on the application.

Christopher Pincher

But the area’s MP, Christopher Pincher, is still hoping to meet the company to gauge their thoughts on the development going forward.

He explained:

“Generally, I support renewable energy, however, this wind farm proposal was not in the right location. Hoggs Hill is seldom windy and when it is windy, the velocity is not of sufficient speed to make the site economically viable. These turbines would have spoiled the landscape, especially the beautiful St Andrew’s Parish Church, without contributing any benefit to the community. Common sense has prevailed.”

“I actively met with residents to listen to their concerns and I wrote a comprehensive consultation document for Lichfield District Council. Furthermore, I also wrote several letters to the Chairman of ProWind in Germany to make sure rumours that threatened appeals would be lodged – which would have cost the tax payers thousands – were unfounded.

“I still mean to meet with the Chairman of ProWind, Herr Busmann, to make sure he is not planning to change his mind.”

Staffordshire County Councillor for Lichfield Rural East was also delighted that people power had won through.

He said:

“Clearly, the community’s strong message has been heard and the company’s tactic is to withdraw the application rather than risk any confirmation of refusal by the council’s planning committee.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.