Chesterfield sewage works turbine gets planning go-ahead

A wind turbine.
A wind turbine.

A wind turbine plan in Chesterfield has been given the go-ahead despite concerns it will overshadow the town’s Crooked Spire.

Kelda Water Services - a sister company of Yorkshire Water - submitted a planning application to Chesterfield Borough Council for an 84 metre high wind turbine near Old Whittington Waste Water Treatment Works, off Station Lane.

The council approved the application after considering objections from residents, Chesterfield Civic Society and Chesterfield Canal Trust that it will be noisy, pose a threat to wildlife and be an eyesore along a landscape featuring St Mary’s and All Saints’ Church spire.

Yvette Marsden, of Old Whittington, said: “Everyone is in favour of green energy - which I am - but we don’t want this kind of wind turbine that will be taller than the Crooked Spire and will be unsightly.”

A total of 27 letters of objection with a 208 name petition were submitted. Others argued the turbine will tackle climate change. The council concluded the benefits outweighed concerns. Kelda stated that the turbine will power the sewage works.