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.