Turbine plan is defeated again

A farmer has again failed to get the go-ahead for two wind turbines to power his dairy operation.

Amber Valley councillors said they would spoil the Greenbelt off Heanor Road, Denby – just as they decided in July.

The application will now go to an appeal in front of a government inspector.

The council’s planning committee was told the two turbines would create enough power for 37 homes. But in this case, they will be used to run the dairy at George Farm, which is owned by Paul Sewell.

The figures were given by applicants Quiet Revolution. The blades would be 12 metres across and stand on top of 25-metre tall masts.

“Any electricity not used would be for the National Grid,” said Niall Kelly from the Welsh firm.

He said there were special reasons why the structures should be built in the Greenbelt and claimed the operation would benefit from high wind speeds.

But resident Walter Harrison told the committee: “There is no Mistral blowing through Heanor which would power these turbines.

“This is a hard-nosed application for the Greenbelt. The exceptional circumstances have not been proved.”

Council planning officer Rae Gee said her department supported the application and felt it “would not be detrimental to the openness of the Greenbelt.”

Planning committee chairman Cllr Jim Anderson also backed it - but Cllr Norman Bull said: “Unless they have God on their side, they can’t determine wind speed, sun, rain or hail.

“It will be of no benefit to the community,” he said.