FENLAND: Peter Skoulding gets a knock back from planners over second Whitemoor turbine
BUSINESSMAN Peter Skoulding could be about to see his second major application in as many months- this time for another wind turbine- thwarted by Fenland planners. Fifteen months after his company disclosed plans for another turbine near to Whitemoor Pris
BUSINESSMAN Peter Skoulding could be about to see his second major application in as many months- this time for another wind turbine- thwarted by Fenland planners.
Fifteen months after his company disclosed plans for another turbine near to Whitemoor Prison, planning chiefs are recommending to next week's Fenland District Council Planning Committee that it should be refused.
Opponents of the scheme include colleagues on March Town Council who claim "there are already too many wind turbines in Fenland".
Cllr Skoulding, a long serving town and district councillor and Cabinet member for finance, lodged the turbine application through his company, Snowmountain Enterprises.
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Planners want the 70 metre turbine turned down because they claim it would bring about a material change to area "thereby unbalancing and overpowering the existing key characteristics of the landscape".
They claim it "fails to demonstrate whether or not the development would have an adverse effect on legally protected species".
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They also suggest the original turbine in Longhill Road "already provides an isolated and incoherent feature in the landscape". Adding a second would make matters worse.
n In February Snowmountain Enterprises was refused permission for 14 luxury flats in Creek Road after the council decided it wanted the site developed in association with a neighbouring site owned by Luminus Housing.