Farm's wind turbine appeal turned down

PLANS for a 20-metre wind turbine at a farm near Wantage have been refused on appeal.

The Planning Inspectorate threw out the 10kW plan for Down Barn Farm, at Sparsholt.

It would have provided energy to the farm and farmhouse, including a bed and breakfast business and holiday unit.

The applicant said the turbines “will appear neither out of scale nor dominant in its setting”, adding there are “few viewpoints in the surrounding area from where the turbine will be seen”.

But Vale of White Horse District Council rejected the plan in November as it is in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It said the turbine would be “visually prominent and would detract from the natural beauty of the landscape and views from public vantage points.”

The inspectorate said the impact on the landscape “clearly outweighs” the energy benefits.”

Sparsholt Parish Council objected last year, saying it would be “alien and intrusive” and The Campaign to Protect Rural England also opposed it.

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1:09pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Adrian1 says...

Passed a new wind farm the other day in an idyllic country location. Road winding through fields, buildings scattered here and there. I figured it added to the scene frankly. Also although wind is very low energy density I'm wondering will the planning committee be meeting by candle light when the other sources run out? Reference development, the idyllic scene should have no road, no fields and no buildings and be covered in oak forest.
Passed a new wind farm the other day in an idyllic country location. Road winding through fields, buildings scattered here and there. I figured it added to the scene frankly. Also although wind is very low energy density I'm wondering will the planning committee be meeting by candle light when the other sources run out? Reference development, the idyllic scene should have no road, no fields and no buildings and be covered in oak forest. Adrian1

8:56am Tue 16 Oct 12

Victor's_friend says...

Is because the authority's don't benefit from the scheme or the NIMBY attitude.

There appears to be so many anomolies in planning decisions - just read them applying to residential schemes.

Probably green energy schemes are not target tickers yet with the authorities.
Is because the authority's don't benefit from the scheme or the NIMBY attitude. There appears to be so many anomolies in planning decisions - just read them applying to residential schemes. Probably green energy schemes are not target tickers yet with the authorities. Victor's_friend

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