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Longshaw Estate wind turbine opposed

The National Trust’s hopes of erecting a wind turbine on the Longshaw estate in Derbyshire look like being blown off track today.

Peak Park planning officers say the advantages of the proposed 9.7 metre single blade turbine in generating renewable energy for White Edge Lodge are outweighed by the impact on the landscape.

While the structure would be partly screened by trees, it would be seen on the skyline, from public footpaths popular with walkers and from the B6054 as far away as the Grouse Inn.

The Peak Park planning committee will decide today whether to accept or reject its officers’ advice. The National Trust wants the turbine to go on moorland near the lodge, which is used as self-catering accommodation, to reduce its carbon footprint. At present oil is burned for cooking, heating and electricity. A wood burning stove heats the main living room.

A Peak Park report acknowledges the energy objectives of the Trust but says these are outweighed by the serious effect on the character of the landscape.

The Friends of the Peak District and the local parish council are opposing the application but Natural England says it has no objection in principle.

Sheffield Telegraph

18 April 2008