Old Dalby wind turbine recommended for approval

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A proposal to build a 259-feet-high wind turbine in Old Dalby, to the north west of Melton, has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

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

Among those who have objected to the full planning application is Broughton and Dalby Parish Council which believes the negative impact of the turbine would outweigh any benefit to be made from green energy. It also claims the turbine will bring no benefit to the community and would not support the local economy.

Melton Mowbray and District Civic Society has also objected, claiming the turbine would have an adverse effect on visual amenity and landscape character.

But some people have also voiced their support for the turbine, claiming it will help towards achieving renewable energy targets and that the proposed location will not have a detrimental impact on the wider area. Supporters have also highlighted that renewable energy will cut carbon emissions and that wind energy projects will help prevent climate change.

Melton Council’s planning committee will meet next Thursday (April 2) to decide the application. Officers have recommended for the committee to approve the scheme, subject to conditions including noise limiting measures.

A report to the committee states: “It’s considered the cumulative visual impact on the landscape is acceptable and would not harm the landscape character of the area. It is not considered the proposal would have a significant negative impact upon residential amenity. It’s considered the noise resulting from the turbine would not have any unduly adverse impact upon any of the nearby dwellings. Noise conditions can be imposed in the interest of protected residential amenity.”