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View of Burrough Hill View of Burrough Hill Peter Finch

CPRE is making representations to 2 Public Inquiries regarding planning appeals in Asfordby and Thorpe Satchville. CPRE objected to the planning applications for 9 wind turbines at Asfordby and for 2 turbines at Thorpe Satchville which were refused by Melton Borough Council.

An application from Peel Energy and British Coal to erect 9 wind turbines at Asfordby was refused by Melton Council’s Development Committee on 26th July by 6 votes to 4. CPRE had campaigned with local residents against this proposal. 8 of the turbines would have been over 400 feet high. The 9th one would have been 350 feet high to its blade tip but sited on higher ground. Objections had been received from CPRE, STOP (Stop Turbines, Oppose Peel), English Heritage and Leicestershire County Council as well as 800 letters of objection.

Proposed site for a wind farm in Ashfordby Proposed site for a wind farm in Ashfordby Photo: © Photo source

The county of Leicestershire has a long history of providing energy to England. Coal mining has been carried out here on some scale since the 13th Century, with great intensification in the 20th Century. Today, with the depletion of coal resources in the region and growing concerns about global climate change, the future of energy production in Leicestershire is changing but it is a safe bet that electricity generation will continue to play a major role in the economy and landscape of the area.

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