An appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a 74-metre wind turbine in Carisbrooke has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector.
Members of the Isle of Wight Council’s Planning Committee refused permission for the structure on land at Great Park Estate, off Betty Haunt Lane in January 2013.
Councillor said that they were worried about the close proximity of the nearest property to the proposed turbine.
In releasing her decision report on Wednesday (15 January), inspector Zoe Hill said that she had “identified harm in respect of noise and visual impact both of which represent harm to living conditions.”
She also found that whilst there would not be substantial harm to heritage assets such as Carisbrooke Castle and Newtown Old Town Hall, there would be “particular harm to the setting of the Great Park and the setting of the Bowcombe Down burial scheduled ancient monument.
The height and scale of the proposed development would cause harm in terms of views from the chalk ridge to the south of the site, Ms Hill said.
And she added that although the renewable energy benefits of the proposal attract significant weight in favour of the scheme, the lack of clear detail about the energy generation does not help support the appellant’s position.
In conclusion, Ms Hill said that on the evidence before her, she was not satisfied that the proposed development would not harm the living conditions of the occupiers of the new bungalow at Trumor Feeds as a result of the likely noise from the window. She added that she found harm to the living conditions of the occupiers of 2 Great Park Cottage because of the effect on outlook, and to the setting of a burial barrow on Bowcombe Down and Great Park.
And although the renewable energy produced would contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions, the harms from the scheme would not be outweighed by those benefits.
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