ANOTHER week another application for a wind turbine in a rural spot causes controversy.
Recently planners approved the construction of a turbine at a farm near Hulland Ward, despite objections from neighbours - some of whom lived very close by the proposed site.
Whenever planners meet to discuss wind turbines the same word pops up - precedent.
We first heard it in this context at the start of the planning battle to stop the construction of a wind farm at Carsington Pastures.
In that case four 100m turbines were planned for a windy hillside near to Carsington Reservoir and close to the village of Brassington.
At the time the district council members followed the huge weight of opinion from the people they are elected to represent and fiercely opposed it - but a government planning inspector, under pressure from national energy targets, had other ideas and gave it the nod.
By the time the next big application came along, at a nearby quarry, the people living nearby had lost their appetite to fight and sat back while more large turbines were given the green light for construction.
Of course, there is a powerful argument for using technology to harvest renewable energy instead of being reliant on fossil fuels.
But then there are always as many arguments that wind turbines are not the most efficent way forward.
Whatever, the precedent has been set. The Hulland Ward turbine was a drop in the ocean. Since Carsington Pastures many more turbine applications have arrived.
One will be discussed on Tuesday and there’s already another 100m turbine application waiting in the wings for Bradley Pastures.
Will the planners represent the public and turn it down? Or will the cave into pressure and allow them?