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Flight path fears over wind farm

Plans to put up a wind farm near Heath Hayes have hit turbulence - because the proposed scheme is on the flight path to Birmingham Airport.

Applicants Harworth Power had hoped to submit a planning application in the New Year to put up five wind turbines on the former Bleak House site off Lichfield Road.

But that hope has been grounded while the company awaits a response from the Civil Aviation Authority about the proposals.

Speculation there might be problems with the application first surfaced when Harworth Power representatives failed to turn up to a community forum meeting last week.

The company were expected at the forum meeting in Norton Canes following concerns raised about the wind farm at a previous forum last November.

There were complaints that any consultation so far had been poor and that granting permission for one wind farm could open the floodgates for many more in the district.

There were also concerns about its visual impact on the area, noise levels and that it would have a negative effect on house prices.

Cannock Chase Council's planning services manager John Heminsley told The Chronicle that the reason for the no-show was that the company had hoped to have submitted their planning application before attending the forum.

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Applicants Harworth Power had hoped to submit a planning application in the New Year to put up five wind turbines on the former Bleak House site off Lichfield Road.

But that hope has been grounded while the company awaits a response from the Civil Aviation Authority about the proposals.

Speculation there might be problems with the application first surfaced when Harworth Power representatives failed to turn up to a community forum meeting last week.

The company were expected at the forum meeting in Norton Canes following concerns raised about the wind farm at a previous forum last November.

There were complaints that any consultation so far had been poor and that granting permission for one wind farm could open the floodgates for many more in the district.

There were also concerns about its visual impact on the area, noise levels and that it would have a negative effect on house prices.

Cannock Chase Council's planning services manager John Heminsley told The Chronicle that the reason for the no-show was that the company had hoped to have submitted their planning application before attending the forum.

"I understand they have some issue to deal with from Birmingham Airport over flight paths," he said.

"Apparently the wind farm is on a flight path to the airport. I would not have thought the turbines would have been of such a height to be an issue.

"But apparently they are required to check it out with the Civil Aviation Authority and supply them with information."

He said it was hoped the company would turn up for the next community forum in May.

Harworth Power, a subsidiary of Britain's largest coal producer UK Coal, has already been granted permission to put up an anemometer mast to monitor wind speeds for the next three years.

But Mr Heminsley said the company already had sufficient data to justify moving forward now with the wind farm application with the anemometer collecting additional information.

A spokesman for UK Coal said there was no delay on their part, but confirmed they were awaiting a response from the Civil Aviation Authority before continuing with their public consultation exercise.

"We had hoped to have submitted an application by now," he said, "but part of the consultation includes the Civil Aviation Authority and we are awaiting a response from them.

"We will then continue the public consultation exercise with a public exhibition on the scheme."

He said they now hoped to submit the application by late March or early April.

Source: http://www.expressandstar.c...

FEB 9 2006
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