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Parish council recommends that Ipstones wind turbine be refused

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 28, 2014

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PARISH councillors have recommended that a planning application to erect a 34.2 metre (112 feet) to blade tip wind turbine on the edge of a rural village should be refused.

At a meeting of Ipstones Parish Council, members agreed to recommend to planners at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council that the application for the proposed turbine at Crowgutter Farm in Park Lane, Ipstones, should be refused as it would have a major effect on the landscape of the area.

Councillor Howard Mycock said: "This is the same size as the proposed wind turbine at Kingsley which has not gone ahead as many people objected to it.

"Kingsley Parish Council now hopes that this latest application is refused.

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"Foxt residents will be able to see this turbine and they do not want it."

Councillor Heather Morris said the turbine would be visible for miles.

She said: "Air control recommended it was turned down the last time it was proposed. It will affect wildlife and will be seen for miles around."

Councillor Sandy Richards said: "This will be an eyesore and we should oppose it."

Crowgutter Farm extends to approximately 300 acres.

The business is based on milk production, with the applicant milking 250 dairy cows and rearing its own herd replacements.

A design and access statement, submitted on behalf of the applicant by Bagshaws, explained: "The proposal is for a single wind turbine to be installed in a field approximately 290 metres on land to the north of the farmhouse.

"Due to pressure on prices and increased competition, it is vital that the farming business can benefit from the economies of trade wherever possible.

"As the farm will be able to produce electricity significantly more cheaply than the current cost of procurement, then the running costs of the farming business will be reduced.

"While the site is close to Ipstones there is a considerable degree of natural screening which will limit the impact of the turbine."

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