The decision by a national inspector to support a decision to refuse planning permission for a wind turbine on green belt land in Hammerwich has been welcomed by campaigners fighting plans for a larger scheme in the Mease Valley.
Residents fighting plans by German energy giant Prowind’s proposals for two 340ft high structures claim the decision on the Burntwood scheme is “crucial” in their own battle.
Prowind’s latest proposal follows the withdrawal by the company of a bigger plan for four 420ft (125m) wind turbines last year after planners suggested it should be refused.
Matthew Ellis, Mease and Tame’s county councillor says the news has been welcomed by local people.
“Over six hundred people are registered with me for email updates on the Haunton wind farm issue and within five hours of me sending out the news of the inspector’s decision in Hammerwich I’d had over 80 responses,” he said.
“It was clear that people were reinvigorated. But while it is good news in principle, it’s important that people in the Mease Valley make their views known when the Prowind application is submitted formally.
“The 460 pages of plans that Prowind published recently suggest that the impact on the Mease Valley greenbelt will be every bit as bad, if not worse, than that thrown out at Hammerwich. It’s only right that following that decision the company should consider dropping their latest proposals and leave the communities of Mease Valley to get on with their lives.”
Cllr Ellis also claimed that the first set of proposals by Prowind had cost council tax payers over £60,000 in planning time and administration – with only £13,000 able to be recovered from the company.