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Which way will wind blow for turbines?  

Delegations for and against three wind farm proposals have delivered their final speeches to East Riding Council planners.

Planning committee members heard from representatives of three wind farm developers and several residents.

Planners recommended for approval an application for three turbines at Tedder Hill, between Roos and Rimswell, by E.on UK.

However, two other proposals – one for 11 turbines at Sunderland Farm, near Roos, from Renewable Energy Systems, and another for seven turbines at Monkwith, from EnergieKontor UK – were recommended for refusal.

The most damning objection it appeared was from the Ministry of Defence, which said the turbines would affect their radar systems.

As the council chamber was surrounded by a panoramic shot of Holderness, provided by South Holderness Opposes Wind Turbines, battle lines were drawn.

The meeting, which arose after East Riding Council allowed extra time for speakers due to the “magnitude” of the planning applications, allowed 30 minutes for each side to put forward their case.

Under the council’s constitution, special arrangements for major planning applications can be made.

The agenda was reduced however, after developer EnergieKontor UK pulled out a proposal to build nine turbines on land east of Withernwick.

The recommendation from council planning officers was for refusal however, if passed, the wind turbines would have been 121m (396ft) high.

Conrad Atkinson, project manager for EnergieKontor, told the Mail the company would resubmit the plans.

He said: “This is only a temporary measure as we have a large amount of work on at the minute and feel we would be better concentrating on other proposals.

“Also we need to look further into the objection by the Ministry of Defence.”

The decisions were expected to be announced today.


18 October 2007

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