‘Confusion’ after wind farm mix-up

sp92309 Palterton Wind Farm Protest. Alison Rodger.
sp92309 Palterton Wind Farm Protest. Alison Rodger.

Developers hoping to build controversial wind farms still don’t know if their bid has been approved after what Bolsover District Council describe as a ‘procedural issue’.

Barlborough-based Banks Renewables, the company behind application for the turbines near Glapwell Lane, appeared at the authority’s planning committee last Friday.

Bolsover District Council had recommended the application for approval - but, embarrassingly, progress has been halted because of what a Council spokesperson described as a “procedural issue”.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “There was a degree of confusion over the votes that took place in the meeting and whether a final decision on our planning application was actually reached.

“We’re seeking clarification from the council about their view of the situation.

“We are confident that this is an entirely appropriate location for the sort of scheme we’re proposing, and hope to see this situation resolved as soon as possible.”

The Council said they were unable to comment on whether a second meeting will be required to determine whether or not the wind farms will get the green light - but did say that legal advisors are looking into the application and will hope to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

Jayson Whitaker, of the Palterton and Community Action Group, who are campaigning against the project, said: “The meeting was chaos. There is now a shadow over the outcome and it is very frustrating.

“I have not yet heard from the council about what will happen next.”

The turbines will over-look Palterton, Scarcliffe and Stoney Houghton, and Mr Whitaker said the visual and environmental impact on the landscape would be huge.

“The turbines will stand out and people will have to look out on a beautiful landscape and see a monstrosity,” he said.