Peak farm’s wind turbine plan is turned down

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Plans for a wind turbine on a Peak District farm have been refused.

The application, for a turbine at Booth Farm, Hollinsclough, was turned down at a meeting of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee on Friday because members felt it would have an adverse impact on the landscape and that any benefits would be outweighed by the harm to the characteristics of the national park.

Chris Fridlington, south area planning manager, said: “The authority publishes guidance to help applicants submit applications that would be more likely to get planning permission for wind turbines and other renewable energy development, such as solar panels, within the national park.

“In this case, the application did not follow this guidance, and members unanimously agreed the proposed wind turbine would spoil the scenic beauty of the national park.

“However, officers would encourage the applicant to consider applying for planning permission for solar panels on the south facing roofs of the steel portal frame buildings at Booth Farm, which would achieve the benefits of producing renewable energy generation at the site whilst having a minimal impact on the very special landscape setting of Booth Farm.”