The views of two of Beverley's most iconic buildings could be ruined if plans to create a wind farm are given the go-ahead, according to East Riding Council. The local authority warned stunning views of the Minster and St Mary's Church would be obscured � especially from the Westwood � if 12 huge turbines were allowed to be built at the village of Routh.

A public inquiry into the controversial plans by RidgeWind Ltd to site the 100m-high turbines at Hall Farm began at the council offices in Skirlaugh yesterday.

Megan Thomas, representing the council, maintains the visual impact would be significant and provides grounds for refusal. She also argued the East Riding was already set to exceed its renewable energy targets.

And in Derbyshire, four 335ft-high wind turbines planned for a Derbyshire beauty spot would “intimidate” visitors, a public inquiry has heard. Opponents to the plans for Carsington Pasture said the Peak District site was inappropriate for a wind farm. But developer Carsington Wind Energy Ltd said the 200ft-high tubular steel turbine towers, with rotors up to 275ft in diameter, would generate enough electricity for more than 5,500 homes and were a “direct response” to global warming.

On the first day of the expected eight-day inquiry at Matlock Town Hall yesterday, Carsington and Hopton Parish council chairman Neil Edmiston outlined the authority's objections. He said: “We believe the site chosen is an inappropriate site for a wind farm.


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