The Loveden area, where RWE is proposing to build its utility-scale wind farm, is notable for its tranquil character and absence of noise. The rural farmland is reminiscent of the English countryside of 50 years ago. There are no industrial installations, cars are few and far between, wildlife is abundant.
The most notable local landmarks are the spires of the many local listed churches. Together with the peaceful countryside, and proximity to key heritage assets such as Lincoln Cathedral, Belvoir Castle and Belton House, these attract many discerning visitors to the area.
There are several B&Bs, small hotels, country pubs and an exclusive wedding and events venue within a few miles of the Temple Hill site. The proposed wind farm would compromise their main selling point. And this could result in job losses. A report for the Scottish Government concluded that 25% of tourists are negative about wind farms and 18% would not return because of them and that specific losses in accommodation in one area are likely to be offset by gains in unaffected areas (“The Economic Impact of Wind Farms on Scottish Tourism” March 2008).
A thriving children’s nursery, employing 15 people, is also located with a few hundred yards of Temple Hill. Parents are understandably anxious about their children attending a nursery in such close proximity to large industrial wind turbines, which are known to cause health issues because of the noise and vibrations they emit.
Wind turbines are manufactured abroad, installed by specialist companies and operated remotely with no permanent jobs created on site.