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Public meeting tonight to discuss Gnosall wind turbine plans

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

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WIND TURBINE plans for a farm near Gnosall will be up for discussion at a public meeting tonight.

Gnosall Parish Council has organised the meeting for residents to have their say on REG Windpower's proposal to install three 130m high turbines at Knightley Hall Farm.

The application was submitted to Stafford Borough Council last month and the meeting will take place at the Grosvenor Centre at 7.30pm.

Parish councillor Mary Booth said at a meeting earlier this month: "It is a significant application which will affect a wide area."

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Councillors raised concerns about the timing of the application's submission – just weeks before the summer holiday period, and considered asking the borough council for a two-week extension so they could call a public meeting in September. They were advised against it by borough councillor Mike Smith because of the tight timeframe. He has called in the application for the planning committee to consider the turbines' impact on the area.

Council chairman Roger Greatrex said: "We must have a public consultation."

Councillor Graham Payne said: "We could do with the public meeting being done and dusted but we haven't got time in July now. Half the village will be on holiday (in August)."

Sir Bill Cash, MP for the Gnosall area, said: "It will spoil the landscape and damage the local community. I will fight these proposals for wind turbines which will be a blot on the skyline."

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