Plan to build giant wind turbine at Bradshaw farm is rejected by government

Plan to build giant wind turbine at Bradshaw farm is rejected by government

Plan to build giant wind turbine at Bradshaw farm is rejected by government

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

A LAST-ditch attempt to build a wind turbine at a Bradshaw farm has been rejected by government inspectors.

Paul Joule appealed to the national planning inspectorate to overturn Bolton Council’s decision to not allow him to build a triple-bladed wind turbine in land at Meadow Barn Field, off Slack Lane.

The application had sparked a campaign by Bradshaw residents, who said the turbine had no place in greenbelt land and would destroy the countryside.

In a report, inspector Louise Crosby, who visited the farm in March, agreed a wind turbine would affect the beauty of the area — and threw out the appeal.

She said: “I saw when I visited the site this area offers excellent views across the valley.

“It has an open and rugged character, with just sporadic farmsteads and dwellings, making it dramatically different to urban areas such as Bradshaw at the bottom of the hill.

“This marked contrast is an important feature of this landscape area, “An uncharacteristically large vertical structure with rotating blades, such as that proposed here, in this generally open moorland landscape, which is described as having a sense of wilderness, would result in an unacceptable intrusion and alter the key characteristics of the landscape type.”

Bradshaw councillor Mudasir Dean said he was delighted the government had backed Bolton Council’s decision to reject the application.

He added: “It’s great news — the right decision has been made.

“This should send a strong message to any developers or farmers that they shouldn’t bother putting in any applications for turbines in our greenbelt.”

In March a separate application to build a turbine ‘half the size of Blackpool tower’ on land in Birches Farm, Turton, was also turned down by Bolton Council’s planning committee.

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9:51am Thu 24 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Its ok for Bolton Council to build a posh housing estate over the old Coaching house but not ok for someone to build something that will actually help the environment.

NIMBY council strike again. needs to put aside more bribe money.
Its ok for Bolton Council to build a posh housing estate over the old Coaching house but not ok for someone to build something that will actually help the environment. NIMBY council strike again. needs to put aside more bribe money. Jim271
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Thu 24 Apr 14

I, Ludicrous says...

So you can stick it up your backside for nothing, Paul Joule, and you can **** off whilst you're doing it!
So you can stick it up your backside for nothing, Paul Joule, and you can **** off whilst you're doing it! I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 10

11:29am Fri 25 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Wait til the Fracking Starts, then they will really regret not allowing the wind turbine.
Wait til the Fracking Starts, then they will really regret not allowing the wind turbine. Jim271
  • Score: -1

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