Giant wind turbine plan rejected

The Bolton News: Giant wind turbine plan rejected Giant wind turbine plan rejected

PLANS for a wind turbine “half the size of Blackpool tower” to be erected on Turton farmland have been turned down by Bolton’s planning committee.

Dozens of campaigners cheered and applauded as councillors refused the bid by Birches Farm to install a 67 metre high turbine —as tall as Bolton Town Hall’s clock tower in Victoria Square — in green belt countryside.

Andrew Paton, owner of Birches Farm, said the turbine would be used to run his dairy farm, would help his business become more environmentally friendly and, in the long run, would bring jobs to the area.

But all of Bradshaw’s three councillors spoke vehemently against the plans.

Cllr Walter Hall describing the turbine as a “monster on the moors”.

He added: “It’s not about being green, it’s about being greedy, all at the expense of the local community.”

Cllr Mudasir Dean moved to refuse the proposal, asking the committee to disregard the 300 letters in support of Mr Paton’s application and instead focus on the 132 genuine letters of objection.

He said: “In Bradshaw and Bolton we are blessed with wonderful views and walks.

“I believe we need to protect our countryside for our future generations — that is one of the reasons some of us on this planning committee came into politics.”

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2:12pm Sat 8 Mar 14

JustBecause says...

"Cllr Mudasir Dean moved to refuse the proposal, asking the committee to disregard the 300 letters in support of Mr Paton’s application and instead focus on the 132 genuine letters of objection."

Nice, democracy, sod the 300 in support, which the Cllr stated were NOT genuine !!!!!

I would be taking legal action against the sham council...
"Cllr Mudasir Dean moved to refuse the proposal, asking the committee to disregard the 300 letters in support of Mr Paton’s application and instead focus on the 132 genuine letters of objection." Nice, democracy, sod the 300 in support, which the Cllr stated were NOT genuine !!!!! I would be taking legal action against the sham council... JustBecause
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4:18pm Sat 8 Mar 14

davidjb says...

haha
“I believe we need to protect our countryside for our future generations — that is one of the reasons some of us on this planning committee came into politics.”
just rejected the wind turbine so he can allow fracking
haha “I believe we need to protect our countryside for our future generations — that is one of the reasons some of us on this planning committee came into politics.” just rejected the wind turbine so he can allow fracking davidjb
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6:28pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Brumas says...

Whenever these wind Turbine's have planning applications submitted for their installation, it is always quoted how much Carbon emission it would save.
Nobody ever says that the Turbine would take Forty years to offset the Carbon Emission that is produced to produce the Turbine in the first place????
Whenever these wind Turbine's have planning applications submitted for their installation, it is always quoted how much Carbon emission it would save. Nobody ever says that the Turbine would take Forty years to offset the Carbon Emission that is produced to produce the Turbine in the first place???? Brumas
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7:48pm Sat 8 Mar 14

glp 81 says...

Nothing but snobbery from the people who opposed the application. Had the turbine been supplying their own properties they would have been quick to jump on the 'we're a green village' bandwagon.
Nothing but snobbery from the people who opposed the application. Had the turbine been supplying their own properties they would have been quick to jump on the 'we're a green village' bandwagon. glp 81
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10:41pm Sat 8 Mar 14

mr.mark.c says...

Everybody loves clean energy unless it is on their doorstep.
Everybody loves clean energy unless it is on their doorstep. mr.mark.c
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4:16pm Sun 9 Mar 14

steveh20 says...

I know the applicant and supported the application, was my letter not geniune , Cllr Dean? Total rubbish, if I was him I would be suing for slander. The guy has offered to support community facilities and the local school and does a lot of environmental work, what more does he have to do?
Oh and wind turbines are carbon neutral themselves within 6 months of operation. There is so much rubbish spouted about turbines, the objectors have been telling lies and half truths all over the place to recruit objections and the Cllrs choose to believe them! .... Shocking!
I know the applicant and supported the application, was my letter not geniune , Cllr Dean? Total rubbish, if I was him I would be suing for slander. The guy has offered to support community facilities and the local school and does a lot of environmental work, what more does he have to do? Oh and wind turbines are carbon neutral themselves within 6 months of operation. There is so much rubbish spouted about turbines, the objectors have been telling lies and half truths all over the place to recruit objections and the Cllrs choose to believe them! .... Shocking! steveh20
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