Turbine plans would ‘destroy countryside’

DAVENTRY District Council (DDC) has turned down a windfarm application for a tiny hamlet.

At a meeting of the planning committee of DDC held on Wednesday, the application was turned down to build seven turbines near to Winwick.

However, developer E.On UK has already appealed the decision with the planning inspectorate after the energy firm argued the authority it exceeded its time limit in reacting to the application.

DDCs community manager Maria Taylor, who wrote the report seen by the committee before the meeting, said: “It is unacceptable and unnecessary and, if constructed, would totally destroy an area of otherwise unspoilt countryside.”

The appeal is due to be heard in the new year.