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Plans for three wind turbines in the Staffordshire Moorlands submitted

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 21, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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THREE planning applications have been submitted to erect wind turbines in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The latest applications, which have been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, are for the erection of turbines in Leek, Wetley Rocks and Ipstones.

Design and access statements have been provided for all three plans on behalf of the applicants by Bagshaws.

The Leek application is for a turbine with an overall height of 81 feet on land at Ballington Grange Farm in Mount Road.

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In the planning statement Bagshaws state: "Ballington Grange Farm extends to approximately 60 acres.

"In addition to the farmhouse and associated buildings, the land is used to provide both grazing and fodder for livestock.

"Approval for the turbine will enable the applicant to produce electricity more cheaply than the current procurement.

"A wind turbine should provide much of the power thus ensuring significant environmental and sustainable benefits but minimising the requirement for fossil fuel."

In Wetley Rocks Carl Pointon of Woodend Farm has applied for a 50 KW, which would have an overall height to blade tip of 34.2 metres (112 feet).

In a design and access statement, Bagshaws state: "The turbine would be sited in a field approximately 550 metres north west of Woodend Farm.

"It has been selected following detailed pre application consultation with the planning authority.

"Considerable attention has been given to the proximity to, and nature of Cicely Haughton School.

"The propose location will ensure that no noise, shadow flicker, or amenity often issues associated with wind turbines will impact on students.

"The proposed site has also been selected so that the turbine will be largely invisible to any residential properties and will have minimal impact on the environment."

Another application has been submitted for a turbine at Crowgutter Farm in Park Lane, Ipstones.

Crowgutter Farm extends to approximately 300 acres and the business is based on milk production, with the applicant milking 250 dairy cows and rearing its own herd replacements.

The overall height to blade tip of the proposed turbine would be 34.2 metres (112 feet).

A design and access statement, submitted on behalf of the applicant by Bagshaws, said: "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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