Power company seeks to install wind turbine on land between Frisby and Gaddesby

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A power company has defended its plans to build a 158-feet high wind turbine between Frisby and Gaddesby.

Hallmark Power Limited has applied for planning permission to install the turbine and associated infrastructure on land to the south west of Elms Cottages, Gaddesby Lane, Frisby-on-the-Wreake.

Gaddesby Parish Council has already raised its objections to the plans on the grounds of the turbine’s size and impact on the rural landscape, which it described as ‘a particularly unspoilt area of traditional agricultural land’, and it’s belief that the turbine ‘will be seen from a great distance and will dominate the landscape.’

But Hallmark says the proposed site ‘is not rare landscape and has no notable conservation interest’. A planning document supporting its application adds: “It has been identified that the installation of a turbine would result in a moderate landscape effect within one kilometre however the scale of the proposed turbine would quickly reduce beyond this distance and so would be a much less significant visual element in the landscape.

“With limited effects in the majority of the area, it’s considered the turbine would be assimilated into this landscape.”

Melton Council will decide the full planning application in due course.