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Peak turbine plan rejected

Posted 17 January 2012
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Peak turbine plan rejected
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People who like to go walking in the Peak District may be pleased to learn that plans for a large wind turbine have been turned down by the national park authority.

The plan was for it to be installed at a dairy farm near Ashbourne to power the facility, but its 48.4 metre (159 ft) height - just three metres less than that of Nelson's Column - was deemed too tall for the national park.

One of the considerations was the prominence the installation would have from a nearby public right of way.

Chair of the panning committee John Herbert stated that the authority supports green energy and wants to keep its farms "viable", but added: "Not all such schemes are suitable for a protected landscape like ours."

The decision to turn down the windfarm is not the only planning proposal rejected by the Peak Park planners in recent days.

It has also blocked a proposed housing development on the site of a former cheese factory at Hartington.