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MP criticises wind turbine plans

The proposed site at Norton-in-Hales
The site is proposed for countryside near Market Drayton

An MP has criticised proposals to build seven 105m (344ft) high wind turbines in Shropshire.

North Shropshire MP Owen Patterson said the proposals in Norton-in-Hales, Market Drayton, would be "devastating" to the area and could hit house prices.

Nuon Renewables said the turbines at Bearstone Road, could produce enough energy to power 6,000 homes.

North Shropshire District Council will discuss the plans on 2 September. Mr Patterson also raised health concerns.

'House prices'

He claimed the flicker of sunlight caused by turbines would have health implications for people with epilepsy.

"One brave family came to the public meeting because they were very worried about epilepsy.

"I discussed this with the National Epilepsy Society to confirm that.

"Studies from Belgium, Germany and Spain show there is hideous damage to birdlife and wildlife.

"Houses have seen price drops by as much as 25% near windfarms in Wales."

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