Power claims given little weight on windmill home

A windmill home proposed in rural Hertfordshire has been rejected after an inspector found no justification for locating it in the green belt.

In the inspector's view, the proposal conflicted with green belt aims to safeguard the countryside from encroachment. Its bulk would cause a loss of openness and it would look out of place in the countryside, she found. Domestic paraphernalia, a drive and parked cars would give it a suburban appearance at odds with the rural setting, she held.

The appellant claimed the windmill would provide power and water for occupants and neighbours. As little site-specific evidence had been put forward in support of this assertion, the inspector gave it little weight. However, she was concerned that protected trees would have to be cleared to allow the windmill to function.

Inspector: Joanna Reid; Hearing

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