Published: Thursday, 8th October 2015
Three more onshore wind turbine projects in the North of England have been blown off course by Communities Secretary Greg Clark on appeal.
In each case the dismissal of the appeal was recommended by the planning inspector who held the recovered public inquiry.
All the proposals fell foul of the new transitional provision that schemes must be able to demonstrate community support.
Two of the cases involved single turbines, in Cumbria and Nothumberland respectively. The other was a two-turbine scheme proposed for a site on Grange Moor near Wakefield in west Yorkshire.
The latter project had been refused by Kirklees Council. In his decision letter dismissing the appeal the Secretary of State insisted that community concerns over the scheme had not been addressed, citing the harm to the character and appearance of the of the landscape and the recreational value of the local rights of way network.
In the case of the Northumberland turbine (proposed for a farm at Ancroft, Berwick-upon-Tweed) and blocked by the county council, the SoS refused the scheme after pointing to concern about the turbine’s impact on the setting of an scheduled ancient monument and its visual impact.
Finally, in respect of the sole turbine planned for a farm near Ulverston, Cumbria refused by South Lakeland District Council, the SoS said he was satisfied that local concerns over landscape impacts and the setting of heritage assets had not been fully addressed.