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Wind turbine could spoil the 'Best View in Britain'

The ‘Best View in Britain’ holiday cottage was so named for its uninterrupted panorama of the beautiful Cheshire countryside. But plans for a 40m wind turbine to be built just 300 metres away could soon prompt a name change.

The ‘Best View in Britain’ holiday cottage was so named for its uninterrupted panorama of the beautiful Cheshire countryside. But plans for a 40m wind turbine to be built just 300 metres away could soon prompt a name change.

Owner Miranda Rijks said that if the planning application is successful it will blight her business as well as the view.

She is among dozens of residents – including Sutton Parish Council – who are against the plan for a wind turbine on Sutton Common.

Submitted by farmer Marshall Waller, of Blaze Hall Farm, it is aimed at cutting power costs and providing clean energy. But objectors claim it will be unsightly and noisy.

Mrs Rijks, who lives at Upton Fold Farm, where the cottage is based, has run the business for three years.

She said: "I run a holiday let called Best View in Britain – it’s clearly not going to be that anymore, not with a wind turbine in the way.

"It will ruin our beautiful open views."

If the turbine is built, her farm will be sandwiched between it and Bosley Tower – a telecommunications device owned by BT which will be powered by the turbine.

Mrs Rijks added: "They say they can’t put the turbine within a 300 metre radius of the tower because of the electromagnetic interference, but they are happy to put it within 300 metres of us."

Mr Waller said the electricity will be sold to BT, or put back into the National Grid, as part of his ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency and sustainability.

And he added that ideally he would have based the turbine at his Wildboarclough farm but there isn’t enough wind power.

He said: "We have been researching and discussing, exhaustively, the possibilities of generating our own electricity for nearly four years."

Bosley Parish Council will discuss the application at its meeting next Tuesday at 7.30pm.

To register your comments before October 31 go to http://planning.cheshireeast.gov.uk. For more on Mrs Rijks' campaign go to http://stop-bosley-windturbine.co.uk.

 

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