Wind turbines given go-ahead after appeal

Planning permission for two wind turbines on land south of Banbury Road, Canons Ashby, has been granted following an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

The decision reverses Daventry District Council’s resolution to refuse planning permission given in April 2013.

The proposed development includes two 250kW 71 metre to blade tip wind turbines as well as a control house, external transformer compound, a substation and access track.

Concerns were originally raised over the effect the turbines could have on nearby conservation areas and sites of special architectural and historic interest including the Church of St Mary and Canons Ashby House. However, English Heritage, the group in charge of the preservation of areas of historic interest said the impact of the wind turbines would be ‘minimal’.

Graham Dudley, inspector for the planning inspectorate, notes in his report: “While there would be some harm to the surrounding environment,the development would in terms of energy production be a very sustainable form of development.”

Conditions to the planning permission include the delay of development by three years with building work between the hours of 7.3oam to 6pm on weekdays. The permission will expire 25 years after the turbines become operational.