Local footpath safety impact acceptable

Three wind turbines in the Lancashire green belt were permitted despite concerns that they would have a serious impact on the enjoyment of local footpaths.

Each turbine would be 46 metres high to blade tip, sited on an area of moorland between two villages and associated with a garden centre. A number of public footpaths lay close to the site and an inspector noted but accepted that the closest turbine would be 80 metres from the nearest one which fell within safety margins laid down by the department of transport. Nor would noise generated by the machines be likely to affect the amenity of walkers. They would appear as slim features and the impact on the openness of the area would be limited.

The scheme would provide a source of renewable energy for use by the garden centre while some would also be exported to the national grid. These factors weighed in favour of allowing the appeal.

Inspector Anthony Thickett; Hearing

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