The plan for wind turbines on farmland in Stone was thrown out by Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee on Thursday evening.
Residents of Aston Lodge had launched a campaign to get the application refused, gathering over 500 signatures and holding public meetings to rally support. They had also drawn up their own impression of what the wind turbines would look like from Aston Lodge (above).
Click HERE to see more details of the planning application and the applicants’ artists’ impressions.
Over 200 campaigners attended the planning committee meeting at County Buildings in Stafford, many waving placards outside the building before the meeting.
The planning committee went against the guidance of council officers, who had recommended that the application be approved, sparking some anger on A Little Bit of Stone’s Facebook page last night.
Cllr Philip Jones had spearheaded the campaign and said he was delighted with the result.
He said this morning: “The planning officer presented slides from the applicant which showed a rolling landscape free of houses and with two tiny wind turbines in the distance. I remarked that we might as well be looking at the plains of Nebraska and straining our eyes to see the turrbines but that the reality was that they were twice the height of the new County Council buildings and merely 440 m from houses.
“Cllr Millichap proposed rejection on the grounds of visual impact not only on Aston Lodge but on the Moddershall Valley. This was seconded by Cllr Edgeller and the on the vote the proposal was unanimously refused.
“The community was amazing in their united determination not to let this happen. I am proud to represent them.
Aston Lodge resident Sally Cartwright was also at the meeting last night. She said today: “Local residents are delighted that common sense has prevailed and that committee members shared our view that these structures would dramatically impact the landscape and local amenity of Aston Lodge Park, Stone town and the surrounding area.
“Given the fact that there had been no pre-consultation by the developer with the local community and a very short and poor consultation by the Council, objectors had successfully pulled together a campaign and a petition on Aston Lodge of some 500 signatures. A fantastic result, democracy in action. The voice of the people has been heard.”
Some Stone residents reacted with anger on our Facebook page last night that the application had been thrown out. You can see a flavour of the discussion – heated at times – in the widget below. Just click the Comments button…
It is not yet known if the applicant plans to appeal.