DC Casebook: Retail Development - Store turbine held to preserve outlook

Tesco has secured permission for one of two wind turbines proposed at a food store in south Wales after an inspector carefully considered whether they would adversely affect the outlook from residential properties.

The turbines would be almost 11m high and would be sited in the car park of the store, which was on a retail park. Four car parking spaces would be removed to accommodate the developments but the appellants were confident that their loss would not undermine highway safety.

The inspector accepted that the turbines' positions would minimise their impact on residential properties and was satisfied that noise generated by the turning blades would not undermine local amenity. However, he was concerned that changes in the proposed siting of one of the turbines made it unclear that only two parking spaces would be lost. Given this uncertainty, he refused permission for this turbine.

Inspector: Bob Gardener; Written representations

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