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Windfarm before planners

The wind of change will blow across Lissett if permission is granted this week for 12 massive turbines.

Novera Energy Ltd has applied for planning permission to build a windfarm at the disused airfield.

Officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council have recommended tomorrow’s planning committee to defer the scheme pending a legal agreement to carry out certain work, with approval once the agreement is completed.

The application had been previously deferred.

A report to the committee states: “The proposed windfarm would provide renewable energy, which is encouraged by national and local policy. It would not result in significant harm to the character of the landscape, open countryside, residential and visual amenity, wildlife and communications.

“There are no technical reasons not to grant consent. The proposal complies with policy and is therefore recommended for approval.”

The 12 turbines will each reach 410 feet into the sky.
Novera Energy Limited also want to build a permanent 80m anemometer mast, a control building and a parking area at the famous World War 2 bomber base.

The application site covers 195 hectares of the disused RAF Lissett airfield and stands 1.5 kilometres west of the village. There are no buildings on the base but many concrete runways and taxiways remain and other parts are used for arable farming.

The proposal is for 12 wind turbines, each with a hub height of 80m and a 45m radius, featuring a three bladed rotor, giving a maximum height to the top of the vertical blades of 125m or 410ft.
The land stands within the parish of Ulrome and the Lissett and Ulrome Parish council has recommended that the planning application should be approved, although its members have asked for cabling to go underground and not on poles or pylons. Beeford Parish Council has also said no objection, as has the authority for Barmston and Fraisthorpe.
But there have been objections from Skipsea Parish Council, Foston Parish Council and Kelk Parish Council.

The Rambers Association has also objected


21 February 2007