Opposition continues to mount against plans to build a wind farm near Darrington.
More than 200 residents from around Darrington packed into another public meeting last Wednesday night, when no-one spoke in favour of the plans by Banks Developments for a wind farm of up to eight turbines.
About 40 people signed a form at the end of the meeting adding their names to a list for an action group to oppose the proposals.
Roger Farrell, chairman of Darrington Parish Council, said concerns raised included noise, close proximity to houses and the A1, the negative impact on property values and the landscape, lack of consultation and damage to wildlife.
A planning application for the wind farm has not yet been put to the council but an application for a 60-metre high wind monitoring mast was submitted at the end of January.
Residents from West Park Homes residential site ““ which face the field proposed for the wind farm ““ attended the meeting to voice their concerns.
John Dennison, who lives on the site, works as a surveyor and drew up an impression of the turbines as they would appear behind the homes (pictured).
He said: “The picture was taken in the back fields, looking back at the West Park Homes site. In one of the schemes put forward by Banks, one of turbines is 350 metres away from the nearest house.”
Neighbour George Thomas said: “We don’t want it, simple as that. We don’t want this testing mast or the wind farm to follow. It would be so close to residential properties. We know these turbines make a noise ““ and our wooden walls are four inches thick.”
Sylvia White, who works at West Park Homes, said: “It’s devastating, when you think of the effect on the quality of people’s lives. The average age of residents here is about 60. They have retired here for peace and tranquility. It’s a lifestyle that they have worked for and looked forward to in their retirement. It is very distressing for them, some of them have been in tears.
“We need to fight this application for the wind tester, but then we are going to have to do a major push against the application for the wind farm when that comes in.”
1 March 2007
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