Turbine plans on green belt win approval

A view of Billinge Hill
A view of Billinge Hill
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Controversial plans to erect giant wind turbines at the foot of Billinge Hill have been given the go-ahead.

Following a site visit, planners gave proposals to erect two 35m-tall turbines on Promised Land Farm, near the local beauty spot, the green light.

Once built, the turbines, including the blades, will reach a maximum height of 61m - taller than Nelson’s Column.

Proposals to create access tracks, areas of hard standing, control buildings and underground cabling were also approved.

Primarily, energy will be exported to the National Grid, although some will be used by the farm.

Planners gave the proposal the go-ahead subject to a number of conditions - including that a solution be found to air traffic control concerns about the impact of the turbines on radar.

The plans have divided locals. Local councillor, Allan Jones, said the turbines were unwelcome and would ruin picturesque green belt land.

But Paul Kirkham, for the applicant, said the plans were “sympathetic” to the surroundings and would generate power for 600 homes.