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MP raises wind farm objections with boss of energy firm

An MP has met the boss of an energy company to raise his concerns over plans for a wind farm near Lichfield.

ProWind is expected to re-apply to Lichfield District Council for planning permission to build the turbines at Haunton, after having an original application rejected.

The company’s revised proposals are expected to include two 102-metre high turbines built instead of the four which had previously been earmarked.

However, Christopher Pincher, the area’s MP, has met with ProWind executive Keith Brooks in an attempt to make clear the strength of local opposition to the scheme.

“I was polite but frank with Mr Brooks, telling him I do not support these proposals which will damage the local environment,” said Mr Pincher.

“I have written to ministers outlining my concerns and have had a clear response from Communities Minister, Andrew Stunnell MP, who says that wind farms should not be built in unsuitable places and that the law is being changed to give more power to local people.”

The letter from the Minister to Mr Pincher says that although onshore wind turbines can play an important part in developing our low carbon economy “this is no excuse for building wind farms in the wrong places”.

Mr Pincher added that he believes clearer definition of acceptable wind farm sites needs to be made.

“I hope that all local councils, including our own, act quickly to define areas where they are happy to see development and do so in conjunction with local people,” he said.

“I would advise local residents in Clifton Campville and Haunton to work with councillors Sue Arnold and Ellen Perkins to make clear this area is not suitable for such development.

“I will continue to help local residents and councillors to represent their concerns to ProWind and to ministers. I have also written to Birmingham airport to ask them whether turbines in our area represent a risk to aircraft on landing flight paths.”

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