Hydroelectric power scheme at Chatsworth gets the go-ahead

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Plans for a hydroelectric power scheme on the River Derwent at Chatsworth have been given the go- ahead.

Peak District National Park planners voted unanimously to approve the scheme, in which two small scale hydroelectric generators will be built next to the weirs on the river in the historic parkland.

Paul Ancell, who chairs the Peak District National Park planning committee, said: “We had to decide whether or not the impact of the development would harm the historic landscape and heritage assets within Chatsworth’s parkland, and whether the benefits of the scheme would be in the public interest and outweigh any harm.

“We closely examined the proposal to be clear about the visual impact of the new structures and any impact their construction might have on historic features. Chatsworth is an important element in the national park and provides one of the most looked at and enjoyed landscapes in the Peak District.

“In the interests of climate change it is to everyone’s benefit that attractions such as Chatsworth are able to reduce their carbon emissions.”