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Wind turbines refused to protect landscape and wildlife

This is an archived press release

Monday 16 September 2013

Three separate applications for wind turbines have been turned down by the Peak District National Park Authority to protect landscape and wildlife.

The sites for the proposed wind turbines were at Butterton Moor, Newhaven and Onecote.

The Authority supports the need for renewable energy but has to balance this with the harmful impact that installing a wind turbine could have on the national park's natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.

Although the Authority considers every application for a wind turbine on its own merits, planning committee members decided that none of these proposals were acceptable.

Cllr Lesley Roberts, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority's planning committee said: "We support the need for renewable energy but our primary purpose is to protect the national park landscape from harm.

"In these three cases we have had reason to refuse the development on grounds of either landscape or wildlife concerns or a combination of both."

The proposed 25 metres tall wind turbine at Newhaven was turned down because of the significant impact it would have on the important cultural heritage landscape setting of the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Arbor Low henge and ancient burial mounds close by.

There was also insufficient evidence on whether or not the wind turbine would harm threatened bird species, particularly lapwings.

The proposed Butterton Moor wind turbine (18.5 metres base to blade tip) was refused because of the size and scale of the development which would have significant visual impact on the surrounding landscape.

The application for a wind turbine at Onecote (17.75 metres base to blade tip) was refused on ecological grounds because the applicant had not provided a protected species survey for bats.

For information and advice about submitting planning applications visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning

This is an archived press release

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