A date has been set for Carsington’s controversial wind farm appeal.
The inquiry into the refusal of four wind turbines at Carsington Pastures, will begin on July 1 and the firm behind the plans, West Coast Energy, has submitted more environmental details in a bid to win approval.
Planning chiefs were updated with the application this week following further surveys into the effects on bats and birds at the proposed site.
Neil Exton, land and development manger for West Coast Energy, said the company hoped to resolve several of the reasons for refusal before the inquiry.
He said the company had chosen Carsington for its wind speed, isolated location and because it was surrounded by quarries and other industrial sites.
He added: “It is a personal thing but a lot of people like the look of wind farms. More people want them than don’t and those that don’t tends to be nimbys.”
Case officer Jon Bradbury at Derbyshire Dales District Council said the applicants had already resolved air traffic problems.
Plans to build the green energy generators were refused by councillors last year because of the impact of the turbines on the landscape.
The applicants lodged an appeal on the basis that four wind turbines at Carsington Pastures could help Derbyshire meet its regional renewable energy target.
The council has set aside £50,000, for the cost of the public inquiry, of which over £14,300 has already been spent.
The Peak District National Park is also making a contribution of up to £15,000.
By Julia Rodgerson
6 May 2008