Good news for fighters against Reeves Hill Wind Turbines and the Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, is delighted that the planning permission has expired for four wind-turbines on the prominent Herefordshire summit of Reeves Hill, close to the border with Powys.
The landowner, Sir Simon Gourlay made a start to the development on the very last day of his permission. Now Herefordshire Council says his last-minute information was not good enough to discharge the planning conditions so the start was unlawful and permission has lapsed.
The Open Spaces Society had joined the Stonewall Hill Conservation Group in opposing the turbines which would not only be an eyesore in a lovely, wild landscape close to the Offa’s Dyke National Trail, but would also require the construction of a new access on quiet lanes.
Says Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society: ‘This is a serious setback for the promoters who must now start again if they wish to obtain permission. We strongly oppose the devastation of this splendid countryside and will fight any new plans for turbines here.’