Pickles scraps English wind duo
Secretary of State rejects appeals by Energiekontor, Broadview Energy
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has ditched two English wind farms developed by Energiekontor and Broadview Energy.
The Minister (pictured) tossed out the German-owned developer’s 15MW Fenrother wind farm in Northumberland and Broadview’s 12MW Pilrow scheme in Somerset after respective public inquiries.
Pickles’ decision was in line with the official recommendation from the Planning Inspectorate for both applications.
The Secretary of State said he recognised Pilrow would provide “a significant uplift in renewable energy and reduction in CO2 emissions” and that there would be some benefits to the local economy.
However, the scheme’s four turbines would result in “a serious adverse impact on the landscape character and visual amenity for a significant area on the Somerset Levels”.
Pickles and PINs agreed that there are “no means of mitigation for the landscape and visual harm” from the development.
Energiekontor’s Fenrother scheme was dismissed in part due to its perceived impacts on visual amenity and the green belt, according to local reports.
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