'Large turbines will ruin the landscape'
A senior politician is calling on the Government to re-think its policy on large wind turbines.
Councillor Byron Rhodes, the acting deputy leader of Leicestershire County Council, said he had been concerned by the number of applications to put turbines in rural parts of the county.
He has proposed a motion which will be discussed by colleagues at County Hall tomorrow afternoon.
While Coun Rhodes, who is also leader of Melton Borough council, says he supports the creation of renewable energy, he is concerned national planning laws are putting pressure on local authorities to approve schemes at the expense of the landscape.
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He said: "The Government has a general view about encouraging turbines with subsidies and councils do feel some pressure to pass them.
"In Melton we have seen four or five applications in the past few months for medium-size turbines of about 150 to 200ft.
"Turbines of that size will be highly visible and very hard to screen and I worry there will be a proliferation of them spoiling the landscape."
Coun Rhodes said he preferred less visually intrusive solar panels and farms as a method of generating renewable energy.
His proposed motion encourages smaller turbines below 15 metres to be encouraged.
It says they should also not be built within 2km of homes unless they are to directly generate power for such a property.
Coun Rhodes said: "If the motion is passed we want the Government to know our view as a county council and then change their minds on policy which encourages them to be built."