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Future look for village?  

Residents have been shown how their village could look if plans to build a wind farm are approved.

The energy company behind a scheme to build seven turbines north of Roos, near Withernsea, held an exhibition to show villagers what the proposed site will look like.

The scheme, by Energiekontor UK, is the fourth earmarked for land around the Holderness village, taking the proposed number of turbines to 23.

Conrad Atkinson, project manager for the company, said: “The exhibition is designed to inform residents what the proposals entail and what stage we have reached.

“We are also asking people whether they have concerns or to let us know what they see as being positive.”

The exhibition is part of the company’s public consultation process which began in October.

Residents today voiced opposition to the plans, which would see the 400ft (122m) turbines erected one mile away from the village.

Valerie Hoe, 59, of Main Street, Roos, said: “They will spoil the view. Our village is going to look like an industrial area.

“I’m not against finding new sources of energy, but these turbines will be an eyesore and our village could be surrounded.”

Energiekontor estimates the site near Roos could produce 36.8 million kilowatt hours – enough to provide power for about 7,800 houses.

The company is also looking at installing a nine-turbine wind farm near to Withernwick, south of Hornsea.

Mr Atkinson said the sites had been earmarked because of their location. “The area as a whole has been identified as a suitable place for a wind farm development,” he said.

Mr Atkinson said the company hoped to submit a planning application for the two sites to East Riding Council before the end of February.

Today the council revealed it would postpone two other applications for land around Roos, which were due to be considered at a planning meeting next Thursday, until all wind farm planning applications for the area have been submitted.

A spokesman for the council said: “The council is aiming to group applications geographically and consider them at one committee meeting so councillors can consider the cumulative impact of the proposals on the area concerned.”

s.harrison@hdmp.co.uk

Links

Energiekontor

www.energiekontor.co.uk

Wind energy

www.bwea.com

thisishull.co.uk

16 February 2007

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