Wind turbines refused despite community fund desire

A recovered appeal in Nottinghamshire involving two wind turbines has been refused despite the secretary of state acknowledging the appellant's desire to create a community fund into which local people and organisations would be able to invest.

The secretary of state considered that there would be a noticeable and significant adverse and harmful impact on the settings of several listed buildings together with an associated registered park and garden. He further agreed that the landscape setting of a conservation area would be adversely affected. In addition the visual amenity of the users of rights of way - particularly the Robin Hood Way would be adversely affected. However, while the level of harm would not be "substantial" in NPPF terms there was a need to give considerable weight to the desirability of preserving the setting of all listed buildings.

The Secretary of State acknowledged the appellant’s desire to create a community fund, but the lack of any firm commitment or undertaking in this regard meant that it could be given very little weight. He also acknowledged the benefits of the proposal in terms of an increase in the supply of renewable energy and a reduction in CO2 emissions, assisting in mitigating climate change. However, against the environmental benefits and outweighing them, the secretary of state considered that there would be a noticeable and significant adverse and harmful impact on the settings of a wide range of heritage assets as well as a detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the users of rights of way.

Inspector: Paul Jackson; Inquiry


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