There were tears of joy last night as villagers celebrated a council’s decision to refuse proposals for two wind turbines in Thorpe Satchville.
Melton Council’s development committee turned down planning applications for a 77m high turbine at Park Farm and a 46m high turbine at neighbouring Hall Farm on the grounds that their height, position and moving parts would introduce a new element into the landscape which would be widely visible.
More than 100 villagers attended the meeting which heard the views of numerous objectors to both applications as well as the agents for the applicants.
Among the concerns raised included visual impact and noise, health fears, impact on the landscape, homes and wildlife and impact on the setting of the historic Burrough Hill Iron Age Fort.
The committee had been recommended to approve both applications, subject to conditions, but members decided to refuse them after considering whether or not they would cause substantial harm to the landscape.
Anna Freij, a member of the ThorpeSayNo campaign group, broke into tears after councillors rejected the Hall Farm proposal, the first of the two applications to be heard.
Anna, who was among those to speak at the meeting, was so overjoyed she was hardly able to get her words out.
She said: “It’s so heartening that the councillors listened to us and that they really wanted to do their best for the future of our area.
“This is a difficult issue. We want renewable energy and a future for our children but we also want the best in terms of the future of our heritage.
“What we have an issue with is massive turbines that blight our lives and our historic landscape.”
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