JIM Shannon, MP for Strangford, has welcomed the decision by planners to recommend refusal of a wind-turbine at Newtownards Road, Greyabbey.
Mr Shannon said: “The location sought by the applicant would have had a detrimental effect upon adjoining neighbours and I have been contacted by numerous neighbours with 41 objections having been registered, and the Planning Service department has agreed that the application should be refused.
“Noise would effect local nearby houses and the visual impact would be detrimental as well. This is an unspoilt area close to Strangford Lough and the imposition of a wind turbine will affect neighbouring homes all around. The planning department have approved wind turbines at various locations which will not adversely impact or detract from adjoining properties and that is totally acceptable.
“What is not acceptable is a wind turbine that will create a noise and visual problem and on this occasion the planners have got it right – well done for a sound decision.”