Wind turbines near Greatworth denied planning permission
"At the meeting on Thursday 30th June, South Northants Councilís Development Control Committee resolved unanimously to refuse planning permission for five 125 metre high wind turbines between Helmdon, Greatworth and Sulgrave.
The resolution to accept the planning officerís recommendations was then carried unanimously and the application was refused for the following basic reasons:
1. The proposed wind turbine scheme, by virtue of its size, height and extent would adversely affect the historic environment over a wide geographical area by introducing intrusive and standardised industrial forms into what is currently an unspoilt rural landscape setting. The settings of a large number of heritage assets will be harmed; in particular Scheduled Ancient Monuments at Sulgrave and Helmdon, Listed Buildings (all grades) and Registered Parks and Gardens at Stowe, Sulgrave, Helmdon, Canons Ashby, Greatworth, Marston Hill and Stuchbury (undesignated asset), and the development will have a dominating impact upon the setting of and views from a number of Conservation Areas, particularly at Sulgrave.
2. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the Local Planning Authority cannot be satisfied that the landscape and visual impact arising from the development has been satisfactorily addressed and that the proposal would not have a serious and harmful impact on the visual amenity and character of the locality. The Local Planning Authority considers that the development by reason of its scale and siting would appear prominent and incongruous in its rural setting and would have an adverse impact on the highly valued character and appearance of the countryside in what is a gently rolling, tranquil, agricultural landscape. There would be a particularly adverse, significant and detrimental visual effect on the residential occupiers in the settlements of Greatworth, Helmdon, Sulgrave and Stuchbury and in close proximity to the site.
3. The Local Planning Authority considers that the submitted noise impact assessment for the proposed development has failed to clearly demonstrate that there would not be injurious effects on the residential amenity of nearby properties in terms of noise disturbance from the proposed turbines.
4. Insufficient survey information has been provided to demonstrate that the development will not have unacceptably adverse impacts on protected and other species or their habitat, namely bats, or to provide a satisfactory mitigation strategy and an appropriate mechanism for its delivery.
5. The proposed wind turbines would by reason of their height, scale and location be perceived by walkers, cyclists and horses and riders, as having an adverse effect on their outlook and safety, on what is a well-used and valued public rights of way network.
6. In the absence of any proposal or acceptance by the applicant of the need to provide a dedicated public viewing area within the site during construction, and for a period of at least 6-12 months after commencement of operation of the turbines, the development would be likely to result in motorists stopping and manoeuvring within the highway, to the detriment of highway safety."
Surely, similar points apply to a high speed rail line going through a much larger area in the same district?
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