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Turbine would be the tallest in Staffordshire Moorlands

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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PLANS have been submitted to erect what would be the biggest wind turbine in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The three bladed structure, if approved, would almost be three times taller than the Nicholson War Memorial in Leek.

The application has been submitted by Empirica Development Partners of York, a renewable energy project developer with a focus on small scale single wind turbine schemes.

The proposed site is on land east of Bemersley Road, around one mile from Brown Edge and would have a height of 78 metres (255 feet) to the blade tip.

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The plan also includes the installation of an upgraded and new access track of approximately 390 metres (426 yards), a crane pad 25 by 40 metres and a sub-station.

A design and access statement, produced on behalf of the applicant by Savills of Wimborne, Dorset, said: "It is estimated that enough electricity could be generated to supply the equivalent of approximately 300-350 households and could potentially displace approximately 590 tonnes of C02 emissions per year from conventional forms of electricity generation.

"The site of the turbine itself is an open field, with established boundary hedgerows and some mature trees and presently grazing land.

"The nearest residential properties to the turbine are off Bemersley Road which are all more than 400 metres (437 yards) from the turbine site.

"Given the nature of the development, additional landscaping is not considered appropriate.

"However, the landowner, is willing to allow the existing hedgerow boundaries, particularly the western field boundary, to be allowed the grow taller to help screen views of the ground mounted equipment from Bemersley Road and significantly to reduce the slight potential shadow flicker."

Biddulph Moor resident Roger Carter said people of the Moorlands were "faced with monster" on their doorsteps.

He said: "Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has just published this application SMD/2014/0281 on their website and already they have not met the pre consultation requirements.

"The turbine is huge, 10 times bigger than anything else in the Moorlands and for what, the profit of an outside company. No thank you."

The design statement states that the wind turbine would require delivery by up to eight abnormal, indivisible loads.

In addition, the erection of the turbine would require access to the construction site by a rigid HGV in order to export excavated material and import hardcore and ready mixed concrete for construction of the required foundations.

A decision is expected on the application within the next eight weeks.

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