Is a turbine really uglier than pylons?
OH dear! Another application to put up a wind turbine has met with strong opposition.
This one is a medium-size structure with a maximum height of about 150ft to be sited on farmland near Black Dog in the beautiful countryside between Tiverton and Crediton.
It is expected to generate about 225kw of electricity a year, just enough to power dozens of homes.
Mid Devon District Council's planning officers suggest the turbine will have a visual impact on the landscape, but not one great enough to make them call for councillors to refuse the application for planning permission.
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By all accounts, people in the nearby villages of Puddington, Black Dog and Washford Pyne disagree.
They have written to the council in quite large numbers calling for the application to be refused for reasons both reasonable – why put it in such an unspoilt area – and less reasonable – the ground is not strong enough to take a turbine and the noise it makes will be diferent to normal farming sounds.
They even helpfully point out that it will be about the size of an electricity pylon.
I wonder if they would have objected back in the 20th century when such places were first connected to the electricity grid, on the grounds that the pylons bringing it were too ugly? I doubt it.