Woolfox wind farm plans refused at special meeting

More than 70 people watch Rutland County Councillors discuss the Woolfox wind farm application at Rutland County Museum.
More than 70 people watch Rutland County Councillors discuss the Woolfox wind farm application at Rutland County Museum.
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Plans to build nine wind turbines on the old Woolfox Airfield site in Rutland have been refused.

Rutland county councillors voted to reject the application by energy firm RES at a special meeting at Rutland County Museum tonight (December 10).

The plans attracted strong local opposition, and planning officers seemed to have taken the views of the objectors on board when they recommended that councillors refuse to grant planning permission because of the impact the turbines would have on the landscape and local heritage.

And members of the council’s development and control committee took the recommendation on board, voting against the plans. Nine were in favour of refusal and one was against.

A separate application from RES to place solar panels on the same site is still being considered.

After the meeting the council’s portfolio holder for development Terry King (Con) said: “Members have taken a long time to review the proposals put forward by RES and, after careful consideration, agreed with officers that these plans should be refused.

A representation of the RES Woolffox Wind Farm seen from Main Street, Clipsham. EMN-150403-122214001

A representation of the RES Woolffox Wind Farm seen from Main Street, Clipsham. EMN-150403-122214001

“The construction of wind turbines on the Woolfox site would cause substantial harm to the landscape character around Clipsham and Pickworth – harm that could not be justified or mitigated by any public benefit resulting from the development.”

The full report that was presented to councillors can be viewed on the Rutland County Council website. Minutes from the meeting will also be published there in the next seven days.

RES now has six months in which to appeal the decision with the Planning Inspectorate.

The full planning application for Woolfox Wind Farm can be viewed on the Development Control pages of the Council’s website (Application Ref. 2014/1003/MAJ).

Check back later this week for a full report of the meeting.