Wind turbines to change views on approach to Newark
7:30am Fri Oct 10, 2014
 
Three giant wind turbines are set to dramatically alter the landscape on one of the main approaches to Newark.
The turbines will be 126½-metres ­— 30metres higher than the Big Ben tower and about twice the height of Newark Parish Church.

Permission has been given for them on Cotham Road, Hawton, after a successful appeal.

Bolsterstone Innovative Energy (Hawton) appealed after Newark and Sherwood District Council refused permission for the turbines in March 2013, saying they would have a negative impact on Newark Parish Church, All Saints’ Church, Hawton, and St Michael’s Church, Cotham.

The council’s decision was overturned by the Secretary of State for communities and local government, Mr Stephen Williams.

The planning appeal report said although there was likely to be harm caused to the setting of the churches that was outweighed by the benefits in terms of green energy generation.

Mr Michael Knapton, chairman of Newark Civic Trust, was concerned the turbines would spoil the views for motorists entering Newark from the south along the A46.

“It seems a shame having opened up the view along the new A46 to lose that,” he said.

On Tuesday the district council rejected a separate application for four 130-metre wind turbines at Fox Covert, Hawton, on the opposite side of the road to the other three.

Dr Malcolm Hampshire spoke against the application on behalf of Hawton Parish Council.

He feared that, despite the refusal, an appeal would be lodged by the developers, Wind Prospect.

He said: “If the Fox Covert application is granted, we feel that an additional four wind turbines would constitute a significant wind farm of seven turbines, which is wholly inappropriate, especially in such a small confined rural area.”

Mrs Irene Brown, on behalf of Newark Town Council, said the number of turbines was excessive and they were too close to planned housing on the south side of Newark.

A statement was read from the chairman of Cotham Parish Meeting, Mr John Elliott, who said the area had its fair share of green energy developments, including solar farms, and enough was enough.

The district council rejected the plans because of the impact on nearby heritage assets, particularly because of the cumulative impact of the approved turbines.

Mr Ivor Walker, Hawton’s district councillor and a member of the planning committee, said another four turbines was too many.

“They would cause substantial harm to these heritage assets,” he said.

Mrs Sue Saddington, a district councillor, said the churches had been features of the landscape for hundreds of years and building turbines near them was ruining their historic outlook.

Mr Dennis Jones said wind turbines were not an efficient way to generate energy.

Mr Roger Blaney said although the appeal for the first three turbines had been successful the council should reject the new plans for more.

“It is my personal judgment that the appeal inspector and the Secretary of State were wrong in their decision,” he said.

“They will not have to live with them. The residents of Newark and the residents of the villages south of Newark will be living with them for every day and every year, certainly for the next 25 years.”

Mr Julian Hamilton supported the application as he felt the district decision would be overturned on appeal.

Pro-wind-turbine campaigners from outside of the area attended.


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