Saturday, 1st November 2014

Relief as turbine scheme is dropped

VILLAGERS fighting plans for a micro-generation wind turbine near their homes were celebrating today after developers withdrew their bid at the last minute despite the scheme winning support from officials.

The 55kw turbine, which would have been 150ft tall to the blade tip, was earmarked for land at Bawhill Farm, Adderley, near Market Drayton.

But farmer Stephen Cope  decided to withdraw his plans for the eco-friendly turbine, which was intended to slash soaring energy bills at the farm, in the face of a storm of opposition.

Campaigner Paul Shepley said opponents were pleased the plans have been withdrawn. He said: “There was lots of opposition to this planned wind turbine and it would have had a negative impact on the village in terms of appearance, falling house prices and the proximity to villagers’ homes.”

The application was due to be considered by Shropshire Council’s north planning committee in Wem on Tuesday having been recommended for approval subject to a string of conditions.

Sally Bowdler, an agent for Mr Cope, said: “Stephen Cope has made a very significant gesture by deciding at this stage not to proceed with this project, even though he was in a very strong position to go ahead.”