Plans to build a windfarm near a protected beauty spot on the Isle of Wight have been thrown out by the local council.
The multi-million pound scheme to install six 100m turbines at Wellow, near Yarmouth, was turned down by Isle of Wight Council in the face of considerable opposition.
At a meeting on Monday, councillors were told the scale, size and layout of the wind farm, planned for a site near the Isle of Wight’s area of outstanding natural beauty, would damage the appearance of the area for residents and visitors and spoil its character.
Thousands of people contacted the council over the plans, with some 82% objecting about its impact on the island’s skyline, the potential threat to wildlife and a possible impact on the tourism industry.
The plan was supported by environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth and 18% of the consultees.
Councillor Ian Ward said: “Isle of Wight Council supports renewable energy schemes and is keen to encourage developments of this nature.
“However, in making this decision it has had to consider the benefits that it can bring and balance these with the impact on the surrounding countryside taking into account the landscape, wildlife, historic qualities and characteristics of the area concerned.”
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