A TURBINE is to be taken out of a proposed wind farm near Gnosall – but the area’s county councillor has said three turbines are still too many.
REG Windpower is proposing the wind farm at Knightley Hall Farm.
Yesterday the firm announced it would be reducing the number of turbines proposed for the site from four to three. They will be 130m high and have the potential to power 5,000 homes each year, the company has said.
If the proposals go ahead a community fund based on £675,000 over 25 years will be created to support local good causes throughout the wind farm’s working life.
REG Windpower is also offering local people the opportunity to invest in the wind farm from as little as £5. This will be via partners Abundance Generation.
But county councillor Mark Winnington said: “When they reduce the wind turbines by another three then I will be happy.
“These wind turbines are massive and local residents I have spoken to don’t like them.
“They will be visible from miles around.”
He said he was not against wind farms in principle, adding: “The best case is for wind turbines is off shore not in the middle of rural Staffordshire especially near areas of outstanding natural beauty.”
Ian Lawrence from REG Windpower said: “Following the consultation and environmental studies to date, we have decided to reduce the number of turbines proposed at Knightley Hall to three.
“We’re excited about the potential to generate clean, safe energy at Knightley Hall, with benefits for the local community too.
“If the scheme is approved a community fund will be established to make significant sums of money available to the local communities and we’d like to hear residents’ ideas for the fund. We’re also very pleased to offer local people the option to invest in the wind farm themselves.
“Before we submit a planning application to Stafford Borough Council later this year we will consider all feedback and update residents at further information sessions.”