Campaigners were today celebrating victory after fighting off three out of four planned wind farm applications that threatened to cast shadows over their village.
Residents in Roos said they were delighted after East Riding Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to refuse applications for wind farms at Tunstall and Sunderland Farm – both near the village.
As previously reported in the Mail, a third application, for nine turbines near Withernwick, was withdrawn by developers Energiekontor prior to yesterday’s meeting. It is likely to be resubmitted, however.
Campaigners today vowed to block plans for a three-turbine wind farm at Pilmar Lane, Roos, which caused a council planning committee split yesterday.
The plans were deferred for a rull report on the potential impact on the community and tourism in the area.
Cherie Blenkin, chairman of South Holderness Opposes Wind Turbines (Showt), said: “We are going to fight the last threat to our village.
“The decision means we now have a bit more time. There was never a full environmental assessment done for Tedder Hill and any new evidence that comes to light in the report will have to be considered.”
Ms. Blenkin said the group was also ready for further challenges.
“We are delighted with yesterday’s decision,” she said. “But it’s not over yet.
“We are worried in case the applications that were refused go to appeal.
“But we are ready to fight on.”
Parish councillors echoed Ms. Blenkin’s comments, saying they would do whatever was necessary to fight the plans.
David Winter, chairman of Roos Parish Council, said: “We will do everything in our power to stop them.”
“It is a very good decision and I hope we can muster enough support to stop the other application.”
Reasons given for refusal of the two larger developments included objections from the Ministry of Defence, because of interference with radar, and from conservation groups concerned about the impact on listed buildings and wildlife.
But developers today said they would consider returning to the council with revised applications.
Conrad Atkinson, project manager for Energiekontor, said: “This is a setback, but I’m quite sure we will be back at some point as we truly believe both sites are good ones for wind farms.
“We need to get the issue ironed out with the MoD and then maybe we will come back.”
The application for Tedder Hill is due to be brought back before the council’s planning committee at a later date.
Jamee Majid, a spokesman for E.on UK, said: “We still believe the site is a good one for the development of a wind turbine but undestand the reservations on the part of East Riding Council.
“We will endeavour to work with the council and help them to alleviate any of their concerns.”
By Sian Harrison
Hull Daily Mail
18 October 2007
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