Wind farm ruled out in power station setting

A proposal for 12 wind turbines 145 metres high and a permanent meteorological mast has been rejected in the Trent Valley.

The site lay within one kilometre of eight power station cooling towers and was crossed by pylon lines. The appellant contended that the wind farm's visual impact was acceptable in an area that was already strongly influenced by electricity generation and distribution infrastructure.

The inspector observed that a large number of local communities would be affected by the proposals to some degree. In his view, the turbines would have a significant effect on the surroundings. He accepted that the landscape was degraded by power stations along the river, which might suggest capacity for a certain amount of power-related development.

However, he found that the scheme would not be closely related to any existing site and would have a very different impact due to its extent and the height and movement of the turbines. This impact on so many communities strongly indicated that planning permission should be withheld, he found.

Inspector: Chris Frost; Hearing

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