DC Casebook: Energy development - Distraction for cricketers blocks turbine

A proposal for an 18m wind turbine in the West Yorkshire green belt has been turned down due to the adverse impact it would have on cricketers using a nearby sports pitch.

The inspector agreed that the turbine would not adversely affect the area's character or local residents' amenity. However, he noted that the structure would be visible to batsmen on some of the wickets and fielders might also be distracted. This would reduce enjoyment of the game, he held. He recognised that this consideration was somewhat unusual but decided that it tipped the balance.

DCS Number 100-068-989

Inspector Philip Major; Written representations.

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