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By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 29, 2013

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THREE separate planning applications to erect wind turbines in the Staffordshire Moorlands have been withdrawn before going before councillors for a decision.

Planning officers had recommended that a 34.2 metre (112 feet to blade tip) turbine at Growgutter Farm in Park Lane, Ipstones, be refused after an objection was received from the National Air Traffic Services. (NATS).

A planning report to councillors by planning officer Robin Forrester said: "Clearly, where a proposed turbine has an impact on the equipment of NATS and corresponding harm to air safety, this is a serious consideration which is compelling and is considered to significantly out-weigh any benefits that would rise from the generation of sustainable energy."

Officers had also recommended that a 34.2 metre to blade tip (112 feet) turbine should be refused at Woodend Farm, Westwood, Wetley Rocks.

Planning officer Rachel Simpkin said in her report to councillors: "Insufficient information has been supplied by the applicant to demonstrate that the proposed development would not be incompatible with existing noise sensitive properties adjoining the site."

And a third application which had been recommended for approval by planning officers was withdrawn just minutes before it went before the full planning committee.

This related to a 34.2 metre (112 feet to blade tip) turbine at Three Nooks Farm, Horton.

A planning report by Arne Swithenbank stated the turbine would be erected in an adjoining field coming to within 50 metres north east of the site where there is a complex planning history linked with the exploration and exploitation of a significant natural gas field currently under development.

Horton Parish Council had objected to the proposals.

* A MOTORCYCLIST was taken to hospital after coming off his machine on the B5053 Onecote to Warslow road on Bank Holiday Monday.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "We received a call from West Midlands Ambulance Service at 8.55am on Monday August 26 following an road traffic accident involving a motorcycle on the road between Onecote and Warslow.

"The collision involved a 51-year-old man, from Sutton Coldfield, riding a grey BMW motorcycle.

“He was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with a suspected broken wrist along with back and neck pain."

* THREE men have been charged with theft after an alleged break-in at a building site on Ball Haye Road, Leek.

On Friday, August 24, Nathan Campbell, aged 24, of Furmston Place, Leek, Damien Carter, aged 31, of Grosvenor Street, Leek and Stephan Ball, aged 25, of Leonard Street, Leek, were charged with theft.

The break-in happened at 5.45am on August 22.

All three were released on bail to appear at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Tuesday, September 24.

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