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D-Day for wind farm plan  

Lissett airfield could be home to a wind farm by the end of the year, if the proposals are accepted by a planning committee today.

An application has been made to erect 12 turbines on the site of the former airfield.

And should the application prove successful, Novera Energy ““ the company behind the proposals ““ hopes to begin building in the summer in time for an operational winter.

The proposals will go before East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee today, having been deferred at the previous meeting last week.

Those behind the construction of the 125 metre-high turbines are hoping that the issue is resolved quickly.

David Taylor, managing director of the Renewable Energy Development Group, which is part of the scheme, said: “The best time to build is always in the summer.

“It is after harvesting is completed on the land, and before the winter has begun.

“We would like to think that the conservation group now understand better the issues relating to climate change, and the fact that we have got to do something about it. Over the past few months we have been relating through the press and the direct lobby, and we think they are beginnning to come around.

“I think they understand that there is a target which they have agreed to achieve by 2010, and we have got to do something now to achieve that target.”

However, it is possible the decision about the scheme ““ which would see 12 turbines erected on the site ““ will be deferred for a second time.

Campaigners from Stop Turbines In East Riding (STIER) have vowed not to give up their fight against the turbines, and will speak out at the meeting.

STIER member Jeanette Cawkwell said: “If the turbines were efficient, we would probably all say we would put up with them, but they are not ““ they are only 25% efficient.

“That isn’t enough for the amount of intrusion and expense they cost. We rely on tourism in this area and this would be hugely damaging.”

bridlingtontoday.co.uk

22 February 2007

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