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Plans for eight wind-turbines at Palmers Hollow, Bottesford, Leicestershire, have been rejected by a government inspector.
The developer, Ridgewind, appealed because Melton Borough Council failed to determine the planning application within the statutory period, and the case was heard by inspector Chris Frost at an 11-day public inquiry. We objected to the application, along with the council, local group Belvoir Locals Oppose Turbines (BLOT) and others.
We considered that the turbines would be a severe intrusion on this attractive landscape. The area is surrounded and crossed by a network of well-used paths, which are much enjoyed for local walks and rides, for residents of nearby settlements and visitors from further afield.
In addition, there are three, popular, long-distance recreation routes here, including the Viking Way. The turbines would have been a gross blot on the landscape, and spoilt the enjoyment of all these path users.
Although the inspector did not reject the appeal solely because of the paths, he did reject it because of its impact on landscape, heritage and residential amenity. We welcome that rejection.