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Turbine plan for Thorncliffe farm

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: November 18, 2013

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PLANS to erect a wind turbine on the outskirts of Leek have been submitted.

The application by Kevin Burns is for a 50KW turbine with an overall height to blade tip of 34.2 metres (112 feet), at Triangle Farm, Thorncliffe.

The plans come just a fortnight after two more applications at Lane End Farm, Bradnop, and Three Nooks Farm at Horton were refused by members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee.

The latest plan is a resubmission of a previously refused application for an identical turbine at the farm.

In the new plan the location of the turbine has been moved to lower ground.

A design and access statement produced on behalf of the applicant by Less- Co2 Ltd of Stoke states that the two reasons for refusal of the last application have now been addressed by moving the turbine onto lower ground, commissioning a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, and supporting the photo montages with professionally produced digital wireframes to evidence the scale and location. An undertaking of a comprehensive suite of ecological surveys for the site has been completed.

The statement said: “The applicant, Kevin Burns, is the owner and occupier of Triangle Farm. The extent of the land covers some 5.76 acres, and the land is currently let out for grazing on a gentleman’s agreement to a local farmer.

“The farmhouse and a holiday let is currently powered by oil fired boilers for heating and hot water, which currently consume three tanks of oil at 1,500 litres per tank which equals 4,500 litres per annum. The turbine would meet all heating and hot water requirements for the house and holiday cottage, representing a saving over the 20 year design life of the turbine of 90,000 litres of oil.”

A decision on the application is expect in about eight weeks time.


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