Tourism fears blow Moorlands wind turbine away

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind turbine in the countryside have been thrown out amid concerns the towering structures would  put off visitors.

Councillors were told at a planning meeting that tourism was worth £153 million to the Moorlands, kept  nearly 3,000 people in work and attracted  more than  three million visitors a year.

County council tourism experts said visitors   helped to  sustain the rural economy by spending money in  pubs, restaurants and shops.

They warned that the Moorlands could not be advertised as offering ‘stunning views over unspoilt countryside’ if the landscape was ‘turbinised’.

Councillors threw out the application for an 18-metre windfarm on land at Calton Moor, by seven votes to six.

They were told   the turbine, which  would stand  nearly as tall as the Nicholson War Memorial  in Leek, would be seen from the main tourist thoroughfare between Ashbourne and Leek and would be just 200 metres from the Peak District boundary.

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