There is to be a public inquiry after a plan to create the county’s first ever wind farm at Carsington Pastures, near Ashbourne was turned down by planners.
In July Derbyshire Dales District Council refused the application of Wind Energy Limited to erect four wind turbine generators, sub-station, access track and ancillary equipment at the 16.4 hectare site of open, rough grazing land at Manystones Lane, Carsington.
The committee stressed it was not against wind farms, renewable energy and attempts to reduce the carbon foot print, but this was just not the right site.
And it was not just Derbyshire Dales who were opposed.
Almost 150 people and at least seven specialist interest groups wrote to the council in opposition while around 25 people wrote to support the windfarm.
At the time application was turned down, the company’s agent, Neil Exton said that an appeal would be considered.
Now the council has confirmed the Planning Inspectorate has received an appeal, with a request from the Appellants that this is dealt with through a public inquiry.
Jon Bradbury, a planning inspector for the district council council said the authority would not dispute that request.
He expected an inquiry could be nine months down the line, to be held possibly in the spring or summer of next year.
“There is quite a long complex procedure to go through including the exchange of statements with the appellants, an opportunity for comment on those statements and a period for the submission of proofs of evidence.
“It is likely there were will be several witnesses for both sides – perhaps even people who have not yet been involved – and it is likely that the public inquiry will run for several days.”
1 October 2007
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