A BID to build four generators standing more than 400ft high in the Weaver Valley has failed.
The wind farm proposed in Aston by developer Tegni Cymru Cyf was dismissed by inspector Dr Andrew Pykett on Wednesday.
Rejecting the appeal, he said: “I consider the scheme would be in significant conflict with two of its criteria – those concerned with visual impact and the openness of the Green Belt.”
Stop Aston Wind Farm (SAW), which has campaigned against the proposal for three years, is celebrating the decision, which it says would have devastated the valley.
Ian Leather of SAW said: “We welcome the decision by the inspector to turn down the appeal by Tegni Cymru and reject their plans to build a wind farm in the Weaver Valley.
“We said all along that the proposed turbines, at 125m height, would be massively out of scale with the landscape of the Weaver Valley area and would have a devastating impact on the homeowners and the many riders, walkers and cyclists who use the area and would be a totally inappropriate development.
“We are therefore absolutely delighted that the inspector has backed our views and that, after more than three years of worry and uncertainty, the nightmare is finally over.
“We would like to thank all those who supported us, and if there is one good thing to take away from this experience it is that many more people now understand and appreciate the rural tranquillity and beauty that the Weaver Valley offers, on our own doorsteps.”
A week-long inquiry was held in August at the Forest Hills Hotel, Frodsham, and it was feared that if the wind farm was passed it could cost the tourism industry dear in revenue.
Mike Cooksley, chairman of the Weaver Valley Management Board, said: “We are not against alternative energy but it has to be the right type in the right place.
“We are looking at some very exciting and forward-looking ideas, particularly using the valley’s waterways. At the end of the day, this is a very enclosed space and one of the most picturesque, natural valleys you can see.”
He added: “Common sense has prevailed, but I think the credit should go to the people from SAW who worked very hard on the appeal.”