Campaigners are celebrating after plans to build a windfarm near Beverley were thrown out, amid fears that the giant turbines would spoil one of the best-loved views of the town.
East Riding councillors have refused a planning application by Ridgewind Ltd, who wanted to site 12 of the 100-metre high turbines on land north of Hall Farm at Routh.
The scheme had sparked objections from several parish councils in the area, including Tickton and Routh Parish Council and Beverley Town Council.
East Riding Council’s own conservation officer also objected to the scheme, pointing out that the site was only 5km from Beverley and claiming that the turbines would be visible from Beverley Westwood.
The Ramblers’ Association also lodged an objection, claiming the turbines would be 45 metres higher than the towers of Beverley Minster when viewed from Black Mill on the Westwood.
The applicants claimed that the turbines would supply on average electricity for the equivalent of about 12,000 homes, more than nine per cent of households in the East Riding.
Dennis Parker, chairman of the Beverley group of the Ramblers’ Association, said: “I think it is a marvellous result that the view from the Westwood has been saved for all time. It would have been an absolute disaster if the turbines were to be erected in the location proposed at Routh.”
08 February 2007
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