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Mixed response to turbine scheme
Carsington Reservoir
The turbines would be built on a farm overlooking the reservoir
Proposals for four wind turbines near a Derbyshire reservoir have been met with a mixed response from local residents.

Some people have said the 335ft (102m) turbines developers want to build near Carsington Reservoir are too tall but the landowner supports the scheme.

West Coast Energy's plans for the turbines must first win approval from Derbyshire Dales District Council.

The firm said the energy generated from the project would be enough to provide energy for 5,500 homes.

'Out of scale'

But Professor Paul Hill, a photographer and university lecturer at De Montfort University in Leicester who has been walking and climbing in the Carsington area for the last 30 years, is not happy with the idea.

"On aesthetic grounds, they are out of proportion with the scale of anything there, even before you consider the inappropriateness of such structures in a rural location.

"These turbines are of London Eye proportions - much higher than any structures in the area at the moment."

Mr Hill's contribution to photography was recognised with an MBE in 1994.

A Severn Trent spokesman said: "It is still very early days but as a company Severn Trent is always interested in renewable energy proposals."

Farmer Nick Moseley, who owns the land where the project would be built, has supported the idea.

"It is good for the environment as there is little pollution from wind turbines. Most people have been pretty positive."

Councillor Lewis Rose from the district council said public meeting and displays will be available for people to make their minds up about the proposal.

The application is expected to be heard at a planning meeting in June.

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