Renewable energy firm RES won’t appeal Rutland planning refusal
An energy firm that was refused planning permission to build a wind farm in Rutland says it will not appeal the decision.
Renewable energy firm RES announced on Monday that it will not be appealing the decision by Rutland County Council to refuse planning permission for its proposed wind farm at the former Woolfox Lodge Airfield, near Stretton.
Rutland County Council refused permission for the wind farm in December.
RES said the nine turbine wind farm would have formed part of a new renewable energy hub at the former airfield and would have generated renewable energy for around 13,000 homes each year.
RES development manager Andrew Adams said: “RES is disappointed that we cannot proceed with a wind farm at this location.
“We would like to thank everyone who participated in, and supported the project, during the consultation process.”
The planning consent granted in March 2016 for a solar farm on the Woolfox site remains in place, and RES is currently considering how and when this could be delivered.
RES claimed it had support from Rutland residents but the Woolfox Wind Farm Action Group was set up by residents of nearby Stretton, Clipsham and Pickworth to fight the proposal.
Planning officers recommended that Rutland county councillors refuse to grant planning permission because of the impact the turbines would have on the landscape and local heritage.
Councillors then went on to refuse permission during a special meeting at Rutland County Museum in December.
After that decision, RES claimed that the refusal would mean a loss of £8.5m for the local economy over the life of the wind farm based on spend at similar sites.
It also would have had to pay annual business rates to the council of nearly £250,000, which could have been reinvested into the area.