Plans for a 120ft wind turbine have been branded inappropriate and misleading.
The proposed turbine would be erected on land near High Leazes between Newsham and Barningham if given the green light.
But Natalie Milbank, who lives on the Barningham and Holgate estate overlooking the planned site, had strong reservations about the proposed structure.
Mrs Milbank said: “I have a massive objection to the proposal.
“The impact it would have would be entirely inappropriate given the village conservation areas.
“The aesthetic impact in the area would be huge. There are buildings from the 1600s nearby and people walk nearby.
“It’s heartbreaking when everyone has worked so hard and somebody is trying to block the view for everyone – I think it’s unfathomable that it has got this far.”
The three-bladed machine would stand on a mast and reach a height of 36.6 metres from ground to blade tip, while the blades would sweep 23.5 metres to power the nearby smallholding.
But the description of the turbine as ‘small-scale’ has also met with cries of derision.
Mrs Milbank added: “The application says it will be a small scale industrial wind turbine rather than a 38 metre monstrosity – it will be a real eyesore.
“I don’t think people realise the visual impact this will have.
“Planning notices did go up in Newsham but they haven’t gone up in Barningham village so not enough people know about it – I think it’s a matter of great urgency that they do.”
The single 85kW Endurance E4660 wind turbine would be constructed on the rear of High Leazes, a smallholding east of Hawsteads, on the road to Newsham.
Barningham parish clerk Robin Brooks said the parish meeting had sent a letter to Richmondshire District Council objecting to the proposal.
The meeting objected to the turbine on the grounds that it represented an alien and intrusive form of development which would detract from the attractiveness of the landscape.
Mr Brooks added: “The mood at our last meeting was very much in opposition to the proposal. We have received one objection based on the noise building work would cause.
“Another objection was that planning precedent itself was not a good enough reason to accept the proposal.”
In a letter to the applicant Chris Shields, senior planning officer at Durham county council, said: “There is a public footpath that runs round the edge of Barningham Park which will give less screened views of the turbine at distances less than 700 metres.
“At this distance the turbine would be considered potentially prominent and the effect is expected to be moderately negative.”
The consultation period will end on Wednesday, December 9.
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