Residents have strongly opposed a major wind turbine proposal near New Marske by walking out on a community group set up by energy company Infinis.
The first meeting of the community group took place earlier this month at Gisborough Hall.
But representatives from both New Marske Residents’ Association and Upleatham Action Group left the meeting after announcing they are “totally against” the proposals.
The groups say they don’t want to be seen as supporting Infinis in any way as they feel this could be used against them when they voice concerns about the wind turbine planning application that is due to be submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Council next summer.
As reported, Infinis has already installed a 60m met mast to monitor wind conditions on Beacon Moor at the top of Errington Woods with a view to erecting four 115m wind turbines.
Rab Telfer, spokesman for Upleatham Action Group, said: “The wind farm would destroy the peaceful and beautiful character of the landscape involved and adversely affect the amenity of residents from the surrounding area.
“The huge, unsightly and overbearing turbines would have a major negative visual impact for miles around and would dominate the landscape.
“In spite of assurances from the wind energy industry, there’s great concern at the resultant noise pollution from turbines, the cause of many complaints from those living near wind farms.
“This is a particular problem in rural locations such as Upleatham Village.
“The relatively small amount of green electricity which would result would be totally out of proportion to the huge environmental damage incurred.”
Bob Moodie, inset, spokesman for New Marske Residents’ Association, said: “Nine villages and towns are in close proximity to Beacon Moor, one of the highest landmarks in the area, giving 360-degree, panoramic views across a beautiful and unspoiled countryside and the four massive wind turbines – each six times the height of the Angel of the North – would spoil this landscape forever.
“Two of the turbines would be sited within 650m of residential properties.
“Little or no concern has been given by the developers to the impact this will have not only on the quality of life, but also to the impact the development will have on devaluation of property prices.
“The development which includes large concrete service pads and foundations, an access road infrastructure and cabling trenches will industrialise what is a beautiful landscape.”
Stephen Hannay, Infinis project director, said a community liaison group was formed for the proposed scheme to keep local people informed on plans for the project and to respond to local concerns.
He said: “We’re disappointed by the decision by these bodies to withdraw from the liaison group, but are delighted other members will continue to be involved and look forward to working closely with them over coming months.
“We’re also planning a series of newsletters and exhibitions to ensure local people’s views are fully considered.”