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Stonish Hill Wind Farm

Nottinghamshire

A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for a five-turbine wind farm on agricultural land in Nottinghamshire was prepared by a member of the Randall Thorp team in 2007. Despite an officer recommendation to approve the scheme, Newark and Sherwood District Council refused planning permission suggesting that there would be an unacceptable effect upon the historic character of a conservation area and upon the wider landscape setting of a registered parkland.

An appeal against the refusal was lodged and Randall Thorp were invited to attend the appeal hearing in support of the appellant. Detailed evidence was presented to the hearing demonstrating that effects on cultural heritage resources were far less significant than the Council were asserting.

The Inspector encouraged separate consideration of the effects on the character of the conservation area; the landscape setting of the conservation area; and views into and out of the conservation area. Randall Thorp provided information on the key views that defined each of these - differentiating between important public views and general visual amenity from private locations.

The appeal was allowed in March 2009.