Entering the appeal process is a very tense time because this truly is the last chance of gaining planning consent for a wind site. Often, the appointed Inspector is generic in their reasoning for granting or refusing planning permission, perhaps quoting phrases which have been used 50 times before. However, when reading the comments for one particular appeal decision, we were pleasantly surprised:
The proposed wind turbines would be a distinctly modern form of development. However, it is material to note that historically, the Pevensey Levels were characterised by a number of windmills, powering pumps to keep the land from flooding. Some windmills still remain, and the image of a windmill features on a variety of locational signs in the area. Clearly, the wind turbines would be structures of vastly greater scale than the earlier windmills. But against the background of this historic use of wind power to keep the land from flooding, in the light of the current environmental threat posed by climate change, and in the context of this wide, open landscape where the trees are few and windswept, there would be a certain functional and visual logic to their presence, harnessing energy from the wind. (Appeal ref: APP/C1435/A/13/2208526)
The Inspector rightly considered both the historic role of wind energy and its place in the future, forming a strong and persuasive argument which ultimately granted the developer consent for the installation of three wind turbines.