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Bishopwood appeal still on-target for November Surprising news that a new planning application is being prepared for 7 turbines

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The 7 x125 metre turbines of the original application submitted by Prowind in 2009


Purple line is 800 metres for the nearest turbine and the orange band is 1km out to 2km from the nearest turbine.

The wind farm was refused planning permission for the following reasons

1. Noise limits exceeded at Scalm, Park Caravan Park and .. .. the applicant has failed to identify the extent of the non- compliance with ETSU-R-97 and to demonstrate that the harm can be adequately mitigated through an appropriately worded condition.

2. The applicant has failed to submit sufficient up to date information in the form of an updated Cumulative Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment to enable the Local Planning Authority to make a full and proper assessment of the cumulative impact of the proposed windfarm on visual amenity and landscape character.

3. The proposed wind farm, by virtue of the height, location and juxtaposition of turbines T7 (at 575m) and T6 (at 950m), as seen against the backdrop provided by the other turbines, from the property known as Thorpe Hall Villa, the lack of intervening screening within the flat rural landscape, the internal layout of the dwelling with the living room, dining room, study and conservatory facing the application site, and the layout of its associated external garden area, would result in such an overbearing, inescapable and all pervasive impact such that it would render the dwelling an unattractive place to live with an unacceptably low level of residential amenity.

4. The proposed wind farm, by virtue of the height, location and juxtaposition of turbines T7 (at 610m) and T5 (at 750m), as seen against the backdrop provided by the other turbines, from the property, known as York Bungalow, the poor level of screening provided by intervening vegetation, the internal layout of the dwelling with the living room and conservatory facing the application site and the layout its associated garden, would result in such an overbearing, inescapable and all pervasive impact such that it would render the dwelling an unattractive place to live with an unacceptably low level of residential amenity.

5. Notwithstanding that the proposal constitutes sustainable development the adverse impacts of the proposal on the residential amenity of the occupiers of the dwellings known as Thorpe Hall Villa and York Bungalow would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the substantial benefits of the proposal, when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework when taken as a whole.


The appeal by Prowind

After lodging an appeal at the last possible moment (6 months after the refusal) Prowind failed to provide the necessary evidence for the appeal to proceed to scheduled dates. The action group submitted  350 pages of evidence including a noise report from a leading consultant on time. The date of the hearings which could last up to 6 days has now been set for November 2015.

Horizon Power preparing a new planning application for 7 turbines of 125 metres

Given that there is an outstanding appeal and that the Government has made a firm commitment to abolish wind farm subsidies it came as a surprise to learn that another company is preparing to submit a planning application for 7 turbines, with 6 on the same site as the original Bishopwood Wind farm application and one further to the West. We understand that they have made some initial enquiries.

The company is called Horizon Power and the Managing Director is Keith Brooks who used to be employed by Prowind.  We are not aware of any wind farms built by the company.

If you are approached by anybody from  Horizon Power please let us know.