Inspector rejects turbine plans

By Martin Neville

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 

PLANS for a giant wind turbine on the outskirts of Carisbrooke have been thrown out by a planning inspector.

An appeal against the Isle of Wight Council planning committee’s refusal of a 74-metre turbine at Betty Haunt Lane, between Calbourne and Carisbrooke, was dismissed by inspector Zoe Hill following a hearing in November.

In a report released today (Wednesday), she said she was not satisfied the proposed turbine would not harm the living conditions of nearby homes as a result of likely noise and visual impact, or harm the setting of a burial barrow on Bowcombe Down which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).

She said: "I have also found harm to the setting of Great Park. Further harm would arise to views from Bowcombe Down and to the landscape in the nearer vicinity of the site."

She added: "In favour of the scheme, there would be the provision of renewable energy that would help support the Island and contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions.

"In this case, I conclude the harms arising from the scheme proposed would not be outweighed by the public benefits derived from the renewable energy provision."

The planning application was originally rejected by Island planners last January on the grounds of noise and visual impact on the closest property to the turbine at Trumor Feeds in Forest Road.

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