Peel wind farm called in after CWAC objection

Cheshire West & Chester Council is objecting to Peel's proposal for a 20-turbine wind farm in the Green Belt at Lordship Lane in Frodsham.

The objection will now trigger a public inquiry into the 60MW scheme, which would operate over a 25-year period before being decommissioned and then potentially restored.

Local councilor Les Ford said: "There have been 563 letters of objection and 293 in support. Of the addresses checked so far only 65 were from residents from Frodsham, Helsby and Elton.

"The Green Belt was established to prevent industrialisation of this area. The wind turbines are an industrial element quite contrary to our Green Belt policy. No mitigation is possible.

"Also the low frequency noise of the turbines will penetrate house walls and travel a great distance."

The turbines have a maximum height of 80 metres to the hub and 125 metres to the tip, giving a rotor radius of approximately 45 metres. They would be three bladed and grey in colour. They could be seen from Helsby Hill, the Northern Sandstone Ridge and the Frodsham Sandstone Fringe.

Stephen Snowdon, Peel Energy development manager, said: "The application will continue to progress through the statutory process for determination.

"There is an accepted planning need for the UK to develop more on-shore wind farms to tackle challenges in providing affordable renewable electricity and reducing greenhouse gas emission that, if unmet, could impact ion us all.

"As such the proposals deserve the highest level of consideration through a public inquiry. A public inquiry will provide an opportunity for us to present the evidence that we believe will demonstrate that the site is a suitable location for a wind farm. There are many supporters of this scheme in the local community who recognise the importance of Cheshire playing its part in meeting national renewable energy obligations, securing energy supplies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

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