The Secretary of State for Department of Communities and Local Government – Eric Pickles – has gone against the recommendation of his Planning Inspector and dismissed the planning appeal by Peel Energy to develop nine wind turbines on the former Asfordby Mine site in Leicestershire.

Asfordby Wind Farm Location Plan

Melton Borough Council originally refused planning permission for the wind farm in July 2012 despite the council’s Planning Officer recommending the application should be approved.

Jonathan England, Peel Energy Development Director said:
“We are disappointed and surprised about the Secretary of State’s decision and we will now consider our options before making a decision about how to
proceed.”

The wind farm would be designed to have an operational life of at least 25 years and would provide enough electricity to meet the average needs of more than 8,500 homes – 33% of the households in Melton Mowbray.