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Turbine plan approved while another rejected

A wind turbine planing application for farmland near Frolesworth has been turned down after the scheme attracted more than 100 objections from people living nearby.

Bubage Farms had applied for permission for the 46 metre-tall wind turbine at Lodge Farm, in Broughton Road, so it could provide power to a firm called Sharnford Tractors which rents the site.

However, Harborough District Council’s planning committee threw out the scheme at a meeting on Tuesday night.

At the same meeting, councillors approved a similar wind turbine application for a 34-metre wind turbine at Sutton Lodge Farm, in Frolesworth Road near Broughton Astley.

That application had attracted about 70 objections.

In both applications, the individual turbines were designed to power small businesses, rather than being part of larger wind farms attached to the national grid.

Councillors at Tuesday’s meeting were told that among the objections raised by residents to the Frolesworth application were an accusation that the scheme was ‘selfish’.

One letter writer had said: “[The application] places the selfish interest of one individual above all else.

“It would cause loss of amenity for many but enrich one individual.

“It would provide power for the lights in seven houses, and only if the wind is blowing.”

The application had also received several letters of support, which, among other points raised, said the turbine would go some way towards supporting a local business.

Councillors decided at Tuesday’s meeting that the 46 metre mast at Frolesworth would have a negative impact on the landscape, while the 34 metre mast at Broughton Astley would not.

4 Deliveries of wind turbines to the Swinford Wind Farm are to take place over six weeks in 80 lorry loads from Monday.