STAVELEY: Group concerned about the impact of approved turbine

Pictured are Staveley Independent group members, left to right, Paul Mann, Ruth Perry and Mick Bagshaw near the site of a planned wind turbine.
Pictured are Staveley Independent group members, left to right, Paul Mann, Ruth Perry and Mick Bagshaw near the site of a planned wind turbine.
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A concerned community group has criticised Chesterfield Borough Council and a developer after plans for a wind turbine have been given the go-ahead.

Protestors had submitted a petition against the turbine and Staveley Independents community group helped outline public concerns that the development would pose an eyesore and a threat to heritage sites.

But Chesterfield Borough Council planning committee approved the Energy Prospects Co-operative application for the turbine off Tom Lane between Duckmanton and Inkersall at a meeting on Monday, November 18.

Mick Bagshaw, of Staveley Independents, has argued that those with concerns were not allowed to comment at a site visit and that the application has been misleading because it has been dubbed the Arkwright Wind Turbine when it is to be located between Duckmanton and Inkersall.

He said: “We just wanted residents to have an opportunity to be made aware of the plan and an opportunity to discuss it and fully understand and take any concerns further before a decision.”

Mr Bagshaw also argued the turbine will ruin views affecting Poolsbrook Country Park and nearby heritage sites, prevent further housing development, impact on wildlife and not provide any direct community benefits.

Energy Prospects claims its Arkwright Wind Turbine aims to be part of a co-operative scheme with investors becoming part owners.

It also argued its planning application adhered to planning guidelines regarding noise, location and wildlife and wind-powered energy will be transferred to the national grid.