Wychavon District Council has today published the planning report on the Lenchwick wind farm planning application.
The report will be considered at a special meeting of Wychavon District Council’s Development Control Committee on January 27. The report recommends members of the committee to refuse the application.
In summary, the reasons for the recommendation are:
- Landscape – the proposed wind turbines would lead to an unacceptable adverse impact on the character of the landscape and a visual intrusion
- Noise – the development would expose nearby residential properties like Manor Farm and Manor Farm Cottage to excessive and unreasonable levels of noise
- Residential amenity – the wind farm’s proximity to residential properties, including Badgers Sett, Manor Farm, Manor Farm Cottage and Garfield House, would create an overly imposing, dominating and oppressive visual effect
- Highways – the Highways Agency has concerns about the use of the M5 and the A46 to deliver the wind turbine components. Worcestershire County Council has also objected to the impact construction traffic would have on the maintenance of the existing highway.
The full planning report, including the full reasons for refusal, can be read at www.wychavon.gov.uk/planning.
The planning application, by ScottishPower Renewables, is for a wind farm on land east of Bishampton Bank.
The proposals include the erection of five 2.3 mega watt turbines measuring 126.5 metres to tip (80 metres to hub) and infrastructure including hardstandings, access tracks, compounds and a permanent meteorological mast.
ScottishPower Renewables is applying for permission to install and operate the wind farm for 25 years.
The Development Control Committee special meeting will be held on Thursday 27 January at 2.00pm in the Civic Centre at Pershore.