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Wind turbine appeal dismissed

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 16:42

Wind turbine in fields Wind turbine in fields Colin Adsley

A Planning Inspector has upheld a decision against the erection of a wind turbine near Stamfordham.

The Inspector dismissed the appeal by Guy Green of Heatherslaw Farm against the refusal last October by Northumberland County Council to allow the construction of a 220 ft wind turbine on his land. The inspector's reasons are particularly heartening to supporters of CPRE. In his judgement, Mr Hellier gives weight to the arguments for a renewable energy scheme, but sets against it the harm it would bring to its Green Belt setting and the impact of its visual intrusion on the landscape.

Paragraph 34 of his appeal judgement reads, 'I conclude that the harm to the Green Belt through inappropriateness, loss of openness and conflict with Green Belt purposes, together with harm arising from landscape and visual impact, is not clearly outweighed by other considerations.'

Michael Rollings, a local resident, was prominent in opposing the application from the start. Professor Howard Elcock, Acting Chair of CPRE Northumberland, offered advice to Mr Rollings and wrote to the Planning inspector on his behalf.

CPRE will continue to stand up for local communities opposing inappropriate developments throughout Northumberland. Concerted and informed action can and does achieve successful results in protecting the beauty and tranquillity of our county.  


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