Heritage fears sink wind project

Partnerships for Renewables (PfR) has lost a planning appeal for a 7.5MW wind farm in eastern England because of heritage worries.

The three-turbine Louth Canal project was dismissed after a public inquiry earlier this year, as it would "considerably harm" Thoresby Warehouse, the last remaining warehouse of significance in the area.

The scheme would also "fail to preserve the setting" of the Grade II listed building, built in 1821. The turbines would take away the "last unspoilt piece of open countryside where you can fully experience this warehouse", according to conservation officers.

PfR tells Recharge that it still believes the site is appropriate for a three-turbine development, "and we feel that we made a powerful case". This decision confirms that the outlook for appealed projects in England "remains very challenging", it adds.