Wind Farms: again

Posted on March 17th, 2010 by Charles Boot

Jonathan Lovie writes:

Following the previous report, we can report on two further potentially detrimental on-shore wind farm schemes. In both cases the local planning authority failed to comply with its statutory duty and neglected to consult The Garden History Society on the proposals.

The first scheme, near Yelvertoft in Northamptonshire, has the potential to affect views from and the setting of the Grade II landscape at Stanford Hall across the county border in Leicestershire. This scheme is to be the subject of a Planning Inquiry to which we shall submit evidence.

The second scheme is perhaps even more alarming. Four turbines proposed at the Fewcott site on the Oxfordshire-Northamptonshire border would not only have an immediate and probably devastating impact on the setting of the Grade II landscape at Aynhoe Park (recently rescued from inappropriate development proposals by a sympathetic new private owner), but would also seem to be visible in the key ‘Kentian’ vistas from the Grade I garden at Rousham. As members will no doubt recall, over the years there have been many threats to the integrity of this essential element of the internationally significant and seminal garden, including, for example, a proposed telephone mast to the east of Kent’s Grade II* Listed Eyecatcher.

Rousham, Kent’s Mill and Eyecatcher, ‘the views out are as important as those within the garden’, Mavis Batey (photo by Sarah Rutherford)

Rousham, Kent’s Mill and Eyecatcher, ‘the views out are as important as those within the garden’, Mavis Batey (photo by Sarah Rutherford)

Despite these detrimental proposals, the designed landscape has survived and remains astonishingly close to Kent’s original aesthetic intention. That moving rotor blades visible above the horizon should be allowed to intrude upon this quintessential eighteenth century landscape garden and its wider rural designed landscape is surely unthinkable and must be resisted with vigour. Once again the Society will make representations to the forthcoming Public Inquiry highlighting the impact of the scheme on the setting of both Rousham and Aynhoe.


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