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Government inspector blocks Matlock Moor wind farm

Plans to build five 126-metre wind turbines on Matlock Moor have been refused planning permission following a public inquiry into the scheme. Planning inspector Ruth MacKenzie ruled Derbyshire Wind Energy's proposals would cause 'unacceptable harm' to the local landscape and wildlife.

Plans to build five 126-metre wind turbines on Matlock Moor have been refused planning permission following a public inquiry into the scheme.
Planning inspector Ruth MacKenzie ruled Derbyshire Wind Energy's proposals would cause 'unacceptable harm' to the local landscape and wildlife.

She said: "In reaching this decision, I have taken into account all other matters raised, but none is sufficient to outweigh the considerations that have led me to my conclusion that both appeals should be dismissed and planning permission refused."

The four key reasons given for refusal were potential harm to:

  • views from Wirestone Lane, the public footpath across the site, the Amber Valley, Stanton Moor and Beeley Moor.
  • the settings of Sydnope Hall, High Tor, the Heights of Abraham, Riber Castle and the surrounding conservation area.
  • rare birds.
  • living conditions, caused by noise.

Jon McLeod, from Action Against Matlock Moor Wind Farm Proposal, said: "The key message is this is good for jobs. Tourism is absolutely crucial to the area and the last thing we wanted was a blot on the landscape."

Matthew Hayes, who is development manager for the applicant, said: "There was a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Plans to build five 126-metre wind turbines on Matlock Moor have been refused planning permission following a public inquiry into the scheme.
Planning inspector Ruth MacKenzie ruled Derbyshire Wind Energy's proposals would cause 'unacceptable harm' to the local landscape and wildlife.

She said: "In reaching this decision, I have taken into account all other matters raised, but none is sufficient to outweigh the considerations that have led me to my conclusion that both appeals should be dismissed and planning permission refused."

The four key reasons given for refusal were potential harm to:

  • views from Wirestone Lane, the public footpath across the site, the Amber Valley, Stanton Moor and Beeley Moor.
  • the settings of Sydnope Hall, High Tor, the Heights of Abraham, Riber Castle and the surrounding conservation area.
  • rare birds.
  • living conditions, caused by noise.

Jon McLeod, from Action Against Matlock Moor Wind Farm Proposal, said: "The key message is this is good for jobs. Tourism is absolutely crucial to the area and the last thing we wanted was a blot on the landscape."

Matthew Hayes, who is development manager for the applicant, said: "There was a considerable amount of local support for the development and it is therefore very disappointing that we will not be able to reward this support by constructing what would only have been Derbyshire's second wind farm development."


Source: http://www.matlockmercury.c...

APR 23 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/25895-government-inspector-blocks-matlock-moor-wind-farm
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