A DECISION on controversial plans to erect a 30 metre high wind turbine on Wigan farmland has been delayed by planning officials.
The move comes days after the Highways Agency expressed concerns about the location of the site at Gathurst Hall Farm, near to the M6 motorway.
Protest group Shevington Turbine Opposition Party (STOP) had been calling on the council to delay the decision claiming local residents had not been informed of the proposals.
In a report obtained by the Evening Post, Highways Agency manager Sion Owen-Ellis has told planning officers that the turbine would be too close to the motorway.
It reads: “As the turbine measures 34 metres in height, the Agency would require a minimum of 51 metres as a setback distance from the highway boundary in order to meet our standards.
“Looking at the current application, it seems the wind turbine is to be positioned approximately 30 metres from the highway boundary, which is not an acceptable setback distance for the Agency.
“As a result the Agency cannot raise no objections to the application as it currently stands.”
Labour Coun for Shevington with Lower Ground Mike Crosby, who has been distributing leaflets to households near to the site, welcomed the delay.
He said: “It is excellent news and gives us more than enough time to let the whole community know about the application.”
Planning documents submitted by Scottish company Urban Wind Limited describe the turbine as a “single small-scale wind turbine and associated infrastructure.”
It also reads: “It is estimated to generate in the region of 290,000 kWh of CO2-free energy per annum.”
The consultation period has been extended to March 10 with representations asked to made by February 28.