Eco campaigners are rejoicing as work starts on a controversial wind farm.
Carsington Wind Energy Limited has announced that work will begin next week on Derbyshire’s first wind farm, located near Carsington and Hopton and that it will be in operation by the end of the year.
The new Carsington Pasture Wind Farm will consist of four 102–metre turbines, which will increase the area’s contribution to renewable energy generation.
West Coast Energy Limited, which has been responsible for the development of the wind farm, and International Power plc, its long-term owner and operator, came up against stiff opposition from local people when it came to getting the plans approved.
The Protect Carsington and Hopton Action Group was set up by residents who saw it as a blot on the beauty spot’s landscape.
The Peak District National Park Authority also joined forces with Derbyshire Dales District Council to lodge an appeal to the High Court after a pPlanning inspector ruled the wind turbines should be built.
The unsuccessful appeal cost the two authorities just over £34,000, with the Peak Park footing 85 per cent of the bill. That would have paid for the toilets at Dovedale for another two years!!!!!
Despite the opposition, the Matlock Area Climate Action Forum campaigned in favour of the wind turbine.
I’m glad these turbines are going up because I’m fed of green this green the other, green taxes, green bins etc etc etc and yet when someone wants to do something about renewable energy the authorities poo poo the idea.