Hardwick Hall protected for all

The National Trust today welcomed the Secretary of State’s decision to dismiss an appeal against a planning decision not to allow the building of six wind turbines in the setting of Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire by Roseland Community Windfarm.

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (National Trust/Andrew Butler)

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (National Trust/Andrew Butler)

The six proposed 126.5 metre high turbines would have been harmful to the internationally important Hardwick Hall, and would have a significant impact on the setting and visitors’ enjoyment of this 16th century hall, which is one of the finest Elizabethan buildings in the country and set within 700 acres of registered historic parkland.

The National Trust is committed to renewable energy, but not at any cost. Our core purpose is to look after special places like Hardwick and its beautiful and commanding view high on the scarp for ever, for everyone. We aim to source 50% of our energy from renewable sources, including wind, by 2020 but these have to work within the existing landscape. In fact, many of our places already rely upon renewable sources such as biomass boilers and hydroelectric schemes..

Looking west across the park at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Parkland at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (National Trust/Robert Morris)

Harry Bowell, Director of Midlands for the National Trust, said: “We supported the decision of Bolsover District Council, the local planning authority, to refuse planning permission for this development in April 2012 and, like them, opposed ­the appeal brought by Roseland Community Windfarm in November last year. We felt that the location of these wind turbines was inappropriate and would have a significant impact on the historic setting of Hardwick Hall, so welcome the Secretary of State’s decision.”

“As a trusted guardian of places of historic interest and natural beauty, the National Trust has a fundamental duty to do all we can to avoid inappropriate development that could compromise special landscapes and heritage assets. As such, any proposed renewable energy solutions should be of a scale and location that works with the special qualities of its setting.”

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