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Bill Cash MP gravely concerned at Nuon’s revised proposal for Poplar Lane

Press release 04/09/09       

After hearing the news that, after the Public Inquiry in May 2009, Nuon UK is now considering a “revised proposal that can achieve the production of clean energy at the Poplar Lane site”, local MP, Bill Cash said “I am extremely concerned that Nuon has taken the decision to work vigorously towards a new proposal, despite all the local opposition and despite its rejection at the Public Inquiry.
“I do not know how a renewables company can do this, or the Government can allow this sort of activity. We have followed all the local and central government procedures for years to oppose this application for wind turbines and I will continue to fight every step of the way to stop any wind turbine application happening on this turf.
“I have written to Nuon asking for them to elaborate on their suggestion that they are going to reopen the proposals for a Polar Lane site.”
Following the Public Inquiry in May 2009, Nuon UK Ltd was surprised by Mr Cookson’s (the Planning Inspector) decision, not to reverse the refusal by Members of the former North Shropshire District Council (NSDC) planning committee to grant permission to build a wind farm at Poplar Lane near Woore.
Nuon UK Ltd understandably disagrees with Mr Cookson’s conclusions but it is satisfied that his decision is lawful and therefore will not be challenged. 
Not withstanding the position taken by Mr Cookson, given the substantial body of professional opinion that supported building the proposed wind farm at Poplar Lane, Nuon feels that it is appropriate to consider the possibilities for a redesigned wind farm at Poplar Lane which addresses the Inspector’s concerns.
In the wider context, Mr Cookson’s decision has not altered the fact that there is an acute need to consider options for building renewable energy supply within the Region. Currently the West Midlands Region is woefully behind its targets. This begs a question, if not Poplar Lane where else? Nuon is therefore assessing whether a revised proposal can achieve the production of clean energy at the Poplar Lane site having regard to both the extensive body of work to date and the outcome of the Appeal.  The decision to either come forward with a revised application or withdraw completely will not be taken lightly but Nuon is working vigorously towards that decision and will keep people informed.

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