Inspector rejects turbine plans

By Martin Neville

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 

PLANS for a giant wind turbine on the outskirts of Carisbrooke have been thrown out by a planning inspector.

An appeal against the Isle of Wight Council planning committee’s refusal of a 74-metre turbine at Betty Haunt Lane, between Calbourne and Carisbrooke, was dismissed by inspector Zoe Hill following a hearing in November.

In a report released today (Wednesday), she said she was not satisfied the proposed turbine would not harm the living conditions of nearby homes as a result of likely noise and visual impact, or harm the setting of a burial barrow on Bowcombe Down which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).

She said: "I have also found harm to the setting of Great Park. Further harm would arise to views from Bowcombe Down and to the landscape in the nearer vicinity of the site."

She added: "In favour of the scheme, there would be the provision of renewable energy that would help support the Island and contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions.

"In this case, I conclude the harms arising from the scheme proposed would not be outweighed by the public benefits derived from the renewable energy provision."

The planning application was originally rejected by Island planners last January on the grounds of noise and visual impact on the closest property to the turbine at Trumor Feeds in Forest Road.

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by James McAdder

17th January 2014, at 10:29:49

They were the "now" 3000 years ago. Should progress have stopped then?

Still. Its a moot point.

We are probably going to get Fracking instead of Turbines.

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by C Ryan-Sammon

16th January 2014, at 19:05:24

Sorry must comment again here, Turbines would need to cover the whole Island to be of the slightest use but are just not feasible for many reasons, do the research, use Google (other searches are available) also a Bridge or tunnel, are totally not feasible either, end of !

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by steve cummings

16th January 2014, at 17:24:19

Thank goodness someone has seen sense on this. Horrible things which generate NOTHING when they are needed.

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by James McAdder

16th January 2014, at 15:57:31

Au naturele?

Hey, why don't we go all the way and restore the IW to its original natural state before pesky people started (trying) to live and work here.

Lets get rid of all of those artificial features like towns and farms and re-introduce some of the wildlife people have killed off (bears, wolves, that sort of thing).

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by TED PARKER

16th January 2014, at 11:12:09

Wasting your time Mr.McAdder - Mike and his two fellow financiers NEVER answer questions on The Crowe Bridge - except for one of his 4 or 5 standard condescensions.

'are the speakers set too high' and so on.

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by Keven Ball

16th January 2014, at 09:37:44

I believe the isle needs some of this turbines however, it is where they are being placed is the big issue.

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by steve skelton

16th January 2014, at 07:40:16

Lee Majors
Well done, keep the IOW "oh naturelle"

or perhaps we could keep the IOW firmly in the 1800s

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by James McAdder

16th January 2014, at 06:44:42

Not off topic.

Mike continually protests about the eyesore of turbines and "roof and road", yet wants a bridge to the mainland which would have a far larger visual impact than a few turbines and cause the creation of much "roof and road".

I'd like him to reconcile this.

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by John Lovell

15th January 2014, at 21:57:20

Way off topic James. Purely an attempt to be controversial. Why bother?

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by James McAdder

15th January 2014, at 21:40:48

Ok, Mike.

Would you care to reconcile you opposition to "roof and road" with your desire for a bridge?

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