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Authority to decide on wind-farm appeal

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Tuesday 4 November 2008

04 November 2008

Authority to decide on wind-farm appeal

The Peak District National Park Authority will decide on Friday (Nov 7) whether to appeal against plans for a wind-farm near the national park boundary.

Officers are asking senior Members of the Authority to agree a joint challenge in the High Court, together with Derbyshire Dales District Council, against the proposal for Carsington Pastures.

West Coast Energy Ltd was given the go-ahead for four 102-metre (335ft) wind-turbines by a planning inspector in September, following an eight-day public inquiry in July.

Derbyshire Dales District Council’s original rejection was supported by the Authority because of its major impact on the landscape. The site is very close to the protected landscape of the national park, and adjoins the beauty spot of Carsington Water, between Matlock and Ashbourne.

A comprehensive report on the issue will be presented to Derbyshire Dales District Council on November 27.

In September the National Park Authority objected to another proposal just outside its boundary - for five 125-metre (410ft) turbines at Sheephouse Heights in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough. There are already 16 other turbines in the vicinity.

The Authority emphasised it supported renewable energy schemes in principle, but these wind-farms were too big, prominent and numerous to be acceptable in an unspoiled landscape bordering a national park.

This is an archived press release

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