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How to object to the Worthen Wind Farm Proposal

February 27, 2012 5:11 PM

HOW TO PUT IN AN OBJECTION TO THE WORTHEN WIND FARM PROPOSAL

If you want to object to this proposal go to:

http://planningpa.shropshire.gov.uk/online-applications

and enter the reference 12/00688. or just 'Worthen'.

An application, to be effective, must be done on valid planning grounds.

This is some of the professional advice received on possible grounds for objection:

There are a number of widely recognised planning considerations associated with wind turbine development, including:

  • Contribution to national renewable energy and climate change policy objectives;
  • construction traffic, infrastructure and grid connection impacts;
  • the amenity and quality of life of local communities;
  • landscape and visual impacts including shadow flicker;
  • noise and vibration impacts including amplitude modulation (AM) and infrasound;
  • Impacts on biodiversity, particularly protected species such as bats and some bird species;
  • The potential for cumulative impacts in light of existing wind turbines.

In Shropshire, the potential for the following adverse impacts from wind turbines are particularly significant:

  • military and civilian aircraft safety through the potential impact of turbines on radar;
  • landscape quality and sensitivity, including designated landscapes such as the AONB;
  • the setting of historic environment assets and features;
  • the implications which adverse impacts on these assets may have for the tourism economy;

Finally, concerns have recently been raised about the safety of wind turbines in light of various instances of malfunction and failure of turbine installations. Safety considerations are clearly a material consideration in any planning decision and decision makers will wish to be satisfied that turbines are sited in such a way that any failure does not pose a threat to the local community or adjacent land uses.

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