English Heritage has objected to a windfarm proposal in the Vale of Pickering  (press report here) saying that it would be close to

an unparalleled collection of buried intact pre-historic and later landscapes and structures standing earthworks and ruins, a distinctive landscape and extensive architecture. We consider the proposed wind farm would alter the way the landscape is experienced and read and the setting of numerous heritage assets would be harmed.

It is not a “one off” (the grounds are similar for instance to their objections to a windfarm at Barnwell Manor Estate, East Northamptonshire last year) but the fact it comes when their guidelines on the general subject of “Settings” are about to be published following a public consultation must surely be significant. It suggests they are intending to object to some developments, and particularly other windfarms from now on if it can be shown they would impact upon nearby distinctive landscapes containing important collections of buried intact pre-historic and later structures, standing earthworks and ruins. In other words the “setting” of a monument is a valid basis for official opposition to developments – and archaeological landscapes (which are particularly applicable in the case of prehistoric remains) ought to be subject to protection from major visual intrusion from wind turbines.

Watch this space! (And EH’s website!).