Wind turbine plans near Lyveden questioned in inquiry

Plans to build wind turbines near one of Northamptonshire's historic sites will be examined in a public inquiry.

Four 80m (262ft) turbines could be built at Barnwell Manor, a kilometre away from Lyveden New Bield in the east of the county.

West Coast Energy was refused planning permission for the turbines in January but then appealed against the decision.

Mark Bradshaw, from the National Trust, said there were concerns about the impact on the landscape.

"This proposal will directly affect the open vista that has been enjoyed for more than 400 years and is an essential part of why we protect and designate places like Lyveden," he said.

In a statement a West Coast Energy spokesman said: "We are sure that all the relevant planning issues will be debated during the inquiry.

"In due course the planning inspector will make a balanced decision on whether this development should be allowed to proceed to contribute to the Government's renewable energy targets and climate change commitments."

The public inquiry, which is scheduled to last for six days, will be run by a government inspector who will hear the views of all parties including the company, East Northamptonshire Council and the National Trust.

A decision is likely to be made at the earliest by the end of the year.

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