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Council to determine wind farm proposals  

Derbyshire Dales District Council are to determine proposals for the erection of 4no wind turbine generators and associated infrastructure on land at Carsington Pasture at a special meeting of the Southern Area Planning Committee on Tuesday 17th July.

The proposals, submitted by Carsington Wind Energy Limited, have been the subject of detailed consideration by the council who have sought advice on a wide range of issues from relevant experts in the field.

The views and opinions of residents and statutory consultees including Natural England, Peak District National Park Authority and National Air Traffic Services have also been taken into account.

In commenting on the development, Paul Wilson, Planning Services Manager for the District Council said: “The proposals for Carsington Pasture have been the source of significant local concern and in this regard, the District Council gave an undertaking at the outset that it would afford ample opportunity for the proposals to be fully scrutinised and for the views and opinions of all interested parties to be submitted prior to making any determination.”

“In this regard, I am now satisfied that the District Council is in a position to make a formal determination of these proposals”

The report to be presented to the Southern Area Planning Committee recommends that planning permission be refused for the development.

The report states that “whilst the benefits of this scheme in terms of energy policy and climate change are not contested, these matters do not outweigh the very significant visual intrusion of the development and harm that would result to landscape character and appearance having due regard to the proximity to the National Park.”

“The harm that would result to people’s recreational enjoyment of the areas also weighs heavily against the scheme as does its failure to demonstrate that interests of archaeology, nature conservation and air safety can be satisfactorily safeguarded.”

The meeting will be held in Ashbourne Leisure Centre.

Publisher: Ryan Davies

24dash.com

7 July 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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