We are delighted that the Court of Appeal has upheld the previous decision of the High Court to quash a Planning Inspector’s approval of a wind turbine development close to Lyveden New Bield.
The turbines would have been harmful to Lyveden’s Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house, lodge and garden in Northamptonshire because of the substantial impact on the setting and significance of these heritage assets of the highest order.
The National Trust, English Heritage and East Northamptonshire Council worked jointly to oppose the appeal brought by Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd.
The development had been approved by the Planning Inspector on appeal after planning permission was initially refused by East Northamptonshire Council.
The result means that the appeal against the original planning decision will need to be considered afresh.
The National Trust’s Director General, Helen Ghosh, said: “We are committed to renewable energy but it has to work in the landscape. The Trust aims to source 50% of its energy from renewables, including wind, by 2020, but this shouldn’t be at any cost. Our core purpose as a conservation charity means we have a duty to protect beautiful places like Lyveden and each wind proposal should be of a scale and location that works with the special qualities of its setting.”