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Grounds for Objection - Distance of Turbines from Dwelling

The scope of supply is for 6 Turbines up to 3MW each having a rotor diameter of 92m hub height of 80m and a max height to the tip of the blade of 126m.

The proposed development would have an unacceptable visual impact upon residents, walkers and other users of the village and rural environment. The proposed turbines will be as little as 750m from the nearest dwelling, and 900-1200m from the majority of houses within both Bythorn and Molesworth villages.

The scale of the turbines and their location on high ground around Molesworth and Bythorn means that their visual impact has an obvious potential to be overpowering. The sheer scale of the turbines is worth reiterating - they will be 126 metres high and will have blade diameters of 92 metres. This is considerably larger than any other development in the area. The turbines will also be moving, an aspect whose additional impact has been highlighted .

Background
Many counties have a 2km setback. That is to say, turbines cannot be sited within 2km of any dwelling. South Cambridgeshire, locally, has adopted this and we submit that what is good enough for them should be good enough for Hunts DC

EXTRACTS FROM VARIOUS INSPECTORS' REPORTS

Baumber Wind Farm, Horncastle, Lincs
Inspector's Report 16 December 2010

The Inspector concluded:

"97. In terms of the visual impacts on local residents two dwellings would experience serious adverse effects with the proposed turbines appearing unpleasantly overwhelming in relation to each property as a whole. Whilst the planning system does not exist to protect the private rights of one individual against the activities of another, the consequences here would amount to far more than a loss of a view; the outcome would inevitably be the creation of unacceptable living conditions."

http://www.knot.org.uk/blog/files/page17_blog_entry9-baumber-decision-planning-inspectorate.pdf

North Dover Wind Park
Inspector's Report 16 March 2009

The Inspector in the Langdon appeal reached a similar conclusion to Airfield Farm. In respect of West Langdon which was described as just in excess of 1 km from the 4 proposed turbines " the outlook from the whole of this small community would be dominated by their unavoidable presence. " [Page 23].

The Inspector's summary comments in refusing the appeal included it is my conclusion that "living conditions would be demonstrably harmed by significant and over-dominant visual impact". [Page 24].

http://www.denbrookvalley.co.uk/resources/North+Dover+Decision+Mar+2009.pdf

Views and Proximity

We strongly object to the Development on the basis that it will have a significant effect on the visual amenity of a number of domestic dwellings, footpaths and bridleways. The visual amenity issues arising from landscape character (including cumulative development) and listed buildings and Conservation Areas has been dealt with in sections 4 and 5 and is therefore not repeated here.

Huntingdonshire Interim Planning Policy Statement of April 2007 says:

7.2.1 Policy

Policy B4 states that a development proposal "should not have an unacceptable impact upon the amenity of an existing or future occupier within, adjoining, or in the vicinity of the site" and goes on to make specific reference to "The resultant physical relationships would be oppressive and overbearing".

Policy P3 states that a development proposal should preserve "the diversity and distinctiveness of Huntingdonshire's towns, villages and landscapes" and create "places that are attractive, appropriate to their surroundings".

Policy G2 states that a development proposal should "avoid the introduction of incongruous or intrusive elements into views (by virtue of the development's siting, scale, form, colour or use of materials".

7.2.2 Residential Dwellings

The size and proximity of the turbines will have a significant effect on visual amenity at a number of properties. From a review of previous Planning Inspector Appeal decisions, it is regarded that the impact of turbines on the visual amenity of residential buildings is usually focused on views from windows and from the areas of gardens typically used for relaxation.

We accordingly object to the Development on the basis that it will breach HDC policy by having an oppressive and overbearing impact on nearby properties.

18 November 2017
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