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Matlock Moor wind farm plan rejected

Wind turbine
The planned turbines would have been up to 125m (410ft) high

Plans to build a wind farm in Derbyshire have been rejected following a public inquiry into the scheme.

West Coast Energy wanted to build five wind turbines up to 125m (410 ft) high on Matlock Moor.

But the Planning Inspector ruled the planned turbines would "create a major adverse change" to the local landscape and wildlife.

Both North East Derbyshire District Council and the Derbyshire Dales District Council opposed the plans.

Some residents had objected to the turbines, three of which were proposed within north-east Derbyshire and two within Derbyshire Dales.

Opponents argued they would be unsightly and noisy.

'Environmental benefits'

Planning Inspector Ruth MacKenzie, said: "From certain viewpoints, I consider that the five turbines would create a major adverse change in a highly sensitive landscape.

"In reaching this decision, I have taken into account all other matters raised, but none is sufficient to outweigh the considerations that have led me to my conclusion that both appeals should be dismissed and planning permission refused."

West Coast Energy said it was disappointed with the decision.

In a statement, the company said: "This development would have provided significant environmental and economic benefits and would have made a major contribution to renewable energy generation in Derbyshire and the East Midlands.

"We are still of the opinion that Matlock Moor is an appropriate location for renewable energy generation and we will be examining the decision of the inspector in order to review our future options."



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