Fenland’s first refusal of a wind turbine application happened in the same meeting a wind farm won permission to be extended.
Anglian Water lost their application to build a single turbine at their March sewerage treatment works in Creek Road.
Minutes later, the Co-op Group was given permission with another seven turbines added at the wind farm in a £16 million extension of the Coldham Estate.
John Stoneman from Cambridgeshire Environment and Wildlife protection, said: “There is light at the end of the tunnel with wind turbine applications in Fenland.
“As I explained at the meeting, my view is that these individual turbines are always up for approval and make a huge impact on the landscape.
“There is now the view that Fenland District councillors are listening and that wasn’t there before.”
Planning Committee Chairman Martin Curtis added: “This proves that we are taking an objective view in wind turbine development in Fenland.
“The council will be objective to these applications and take into account the impact they will have on the people of Fenland before we make our decisions.”
The special one-off planning committee meeting was called to allow councillors to make decisions on the two separate applications.
Anglian Water’s application was refused as it will have an adverse affect on the visual cumulative impact on the Fenland landscape.
A spokesman representing the Anglia Water application said: “Anglia Water and TCI Renewables is the making efforts to reduce the impact UK businesses have on the environment.
“We are of course disappointed that these plans are no closer to becoming reality but Anglia Water remains committed to reducing carbon footprint and to enhance the environment involvement in which it operates.
30 April 2008
by LOUISE HUGHES
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