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Turbine planning policy is criticised

A proposal to build a 64-metre high wind turbine in the countryside has been condemned

A proposal to build a 64-metre high wind turbine in the countryside has been condemned

 

A proposal to build a 64-metre high wind turbine in the countryside has been condemned by a local parish council as introducing “an alien structure to a tranquil rural setting”.

And Harborough District Council has also been accused of having no proper policy on where future wind turbines could be sited in the Harborough area.

The district council has received a plan for the wind turbine on land between the A6 dual carriageway in Great Glen and the village of Burton Overy.

Burton Overy Parish Council is among the objectors to the scheme.

They say that “the siting of this turbine in an incredibly prominent position...would become a very undesirable defining landmark”.

Parish council chairman Frances Brown said: “This is the third summer running we’ve had to deal with a wind turbine application.

“But having the odd wind turbine dotted about the countryside doesn’t make sense.

“We don’t want these massive machines in a rural parish, and I think what central Government and Harborough Council ought to be doing is deciding in advance on suitable areas where turbines can be sited.”

But Ashby-de-la-Zouche firm Hallmark Power, the company behind the Burton Overy plan said: “We think we’ve got a good site here.”

The company’s planning manager Marie Stacey said it became involved in the project after being approached by Burton Overy landowner David Holman.

She said: “The UK has a legal obligation to increase renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions.

“And the agricultural industry has been told to diversify.

“A countryside area, away from people, is the ideal place for a turbine. You can’t put them in towns, because of noise and shadow flicker.”

Harborough Council’s environment representative Cllr Paul Bremner insisted: “We do have a policy on renewable energy, and within that, a wind turbine element.”

The policy broadly says renewable energy generation will be supported where the proposal avoids harm to, or an excessive impact on, the local environment.

Cllr Bremner added: “What it is not is either a blanket no to turbines, or a blanket yes.”

 

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