DC Casebook: Energy development - Wind farm visual concerns overruled

An inspector has allowed an appeal for seven turbines in the Fens after deciding that the essential openness of the area would be maintained despite some localised impact.

The 2MW turbines would rise up to 127m in height. While accepting that the scheme would help meet renewable electricity targets, the council claimed that the impact on the landscape would be too severe. It asserted that the turbines would dominate views across a 5km radius and would undermine the enjoyment of the unique setting by walkers, cyclists and equestrians.

The inspector concluded that the most significant impact would occur within 1km of the turbines, creating a new landscape character sub-type. In his view, this impact would be mitigated by the open turbine spacing, allowing long views through the site and maintaining the openness of the landscape. No-one has the right to expect views from their homes to remain unchanged and in any event the permission would be limited to 25 years, he remarked.

DCS Number 100-069-449

Inspector Richard Thomas; Inquiry

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