Plans submitted by Hendy Wind Farm to build seven turbines at Llandegly near Llandrindod Wells in Powys have been rejected by local councillors and planning committee – although the project did have the support of landowners.
Campaigners previously voiced their objections to the plans, saying they could put people off from visiting the area, which is a popular beauty spot, the BBC reports. But the turbines – seven in total – would have provided enough energy to power approximately 10,000 homes.
Some of the turbines would have been constructed on a protected public right of way, which would have made it common land, preservation body the Open Spaces Society explained.
General secretary of the society Kate Ashbrook described the development as damaging, saying: “People visit the area because of its natural beauty, peace and tranquillity. The turbines could deter them from coming and that would result in a serious loss of tourist income to the community.”
However, it appears that those at Hendy Wind Farm disagree with this latter statement, with the organisation’s website citing a Visit Scotland study revealing that 80 per cent of people living in the UK believe that a wind farm would not have an impact on their decisions of where to visit and holiday in the UK.
And, certainly, if the UK is to hit its green target of sourcing 15 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2020, plans of this nature may well become increasingly vital as time goes on.
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