Plans for an “enormous” and “overbearing” wind turbine were slammed by residents and councillors at a Maldon District Council planning meeting.
The application to build a single turbine on land near Oxley Hill was refused by the authority on Monday night after 94 per cent of the Tolleshunt D’Arcy residents consulted on the matter voiced their opposition.
Village parish councillor John Smith, who spoke against the application, said: “This is extremely unpopular and would clearly have a major visual impact.
“It is obvious that such an enormous turbine will be visible for many miles and overbear the nearby homes and countryside.
“It would be a massive alien structure in an attractive and un-spoilt landscape enjoyed by many, including residents, walkers, horse riders, cyclists and artists.”
Rachel Hall, speaking in favour of the turbine, claimed that it would provide enough energy to power up to 600 homes, but the council argued the impact on the surrounding landscape was too great to allow the application.
Mr Smith continued: “There is great concern about noise. It is far too close to homes.
“This is not a green or ecologically friendly proposal.”
Worries were also raised about the possibility of more sites appearing in the area, if the Oxley Hill farm was approved.
Mr Smith said: “The proposed infrastructure will itself support several more turbines.
“Other local landowners have already been approached and it is clear that if one is approved, there will be more to follow.”
Maldon District Council received 48 letters of objection to the plan and in the recommendations made by council officers it was argued that the application “would result in an unacceptable degree of harm being caused”.
It went on to state: “The proposal would therefore be detrimental to the character, appearance and rural quality of the area, and experience of the area by residents and visitors.”
Last week, the council approved changes to the planning permission for Turncole Wind Farm, bringing the seven-turbine site, based near Southminster, a step closer to completion.
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