Residents living near the site of a proposed wind farm in an East Riding village insist their quality of life will be harmed.
Barry Norton, representing the majority of Routh’s community, told a public inquiry yesterday the turbines would “tower” over the village.
A total of 28 households, representing 82 per cent of the village, have voiced their opposition.
During the inquiry, being held at the East Riding Council offices in Skirlaugh, Mr Norton said: “Our view is these turbines will tower over us and will be starkly visible from all points of the compass.
“It will significantly affect our quality of life and the environment we live in.”
Dennis Parker, speaking on behalf of the local Ramblers’ Association, also expressed his opposition.
He said: “It is simply unacceptable as the precious view with the Minster, St Mary’s Church and Beverley’s rooftops is one which has been recorded by artists and photographers over many decades and would be spoiled by a background of intrusive wind turbines.”
However Sandy Patience, chair of the Beverley Civic Society, but appearing in a personal capacity, told the inquiry how the society’s executive committee came to its decision to back the proposals.
He said: “It wasn’t difficult for the executive to imagine that if climate change wasn’t averted, the consequence would be the views of the landscape around Beverley, including the much heralded view from the Westwood, would change profoundly and irrecoverably within one or two generations.”
East Riding Council planners refused the application which prompted RidgeWind Ltd, who are behind the plans, to appeal against the decision. The inquiry, led by inspector Chris Frost, will finish on July 11.
4 July 2008
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