Appeal lodged in bid to overturn Melton Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for Old Dalby wind turbine

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An energy firm is challenging Melton Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a 259-feet-high wind turbine in Old Dalby.

Applicant Gerd Habenicht, of Six Hills Renewables Ltd, wants to build the turbine on a field at Six Hills Farm, Paddys Lane, to generate renewable energy at the farm.

But Melton Council’s planning committee, which discussed the application in April, refused it on grounds of the cumulative impact upon the landscape, the detrimental impact the turbine would have on Six Hills Golf Club due to its close proximity and height and that the turbine would, by virtue of its height and movement, introduce a new element into the landscape which would be widely visible.

Speaking at that meeting on behalf of the golf club Maurice Fairhurst claimed the turbine would be ‘massively damaging’ to the club and players’ golfing experience as well as damaging to the landscape. Councillors heard some of the holes were as close as 350 metres to the proposed turbine.

But Trevor Hunter, representing the applicant, claimed the turbine would have ‘no unacceptable impacts’ upon the relevant landscape area and the development would ‘bring economic benefit to the local community’.

The planning appeal is to be decided on the basis of written representations.

All previous representations on the application received by the council have been sent to the Planning Inspectorate to be considered by the planning inspector.

Anyone wishing to make comments or withdraw/modify previous comments can do so by visiting https://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/appeals/online/comment or by emailing teamp13@pins.gsi.gov.uk