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Wind turbine proposals for Lepton, Cumberworth, Hepworth, Mirfield and Emley  

Credit:  by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, www.examiner.co.uk 6 January 2011 ~~

Nine new wind turbines could be put up around Huddersfield.

Kirklees Council published planning applications this week for windmills in five locations, pictured on the map above.

Mirfield-based Investment Renewables has come up with two of the proposals.

The company has asked permission to install three 10-kilowatt turbines on green belt land in Lepton.

The 15-metre turbines would be put up on Flockton Moor between Paul Lane, Tinker Lane, Lepton Common and the A642 Wakefield Road.

The developer believes the turbines would save 960 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 20 years.

Investment Renewables also wants to install three 15-metre turbines at Meadow Nook Farm on Haddingley Lane in Cumberworth.

The company estimates that the windmills would generate enough energy for 20 to 30 households.

Dewsbury-based James Scott Electrical has asked Kirklees for permission to build a 10 kilowatt turbine with a 15-metre tower at Walkers Barn on Bedding Edge Road in Hepworth.

The developer estimates the windmill would save 282 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 20 years.

Kirklees has also received a planning application for a turbine at Upper Stoneroyd on Liley Lane in Mirfield.

Developer Newgen of Holmfirth wants to install a 10 kilowatt windmill with a 12-metre mast.

Universal Green Energy has asked for permission to put up a turbine at Thorncliffe Grange Farm on Thorncliffe Lane in Emley.

The 80 kilowatt windmill would be placed on a 30-metre mast.

The Cleckheaton-based developer estimates the turbine would save 92 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

Clr Andrew Cooper, who leads the four-strong Green group on Kirklees, said yesterday that windmills were a good idea – as long as they were in the right locations.

The Newsome man said: “Wind is part of the solution to our energy needs, along with solar, hydro and carbon capture.

“But it has to be in the right place. The wrong place is on top of the Civic Centre because it’s not particularly windy there.”

While not commenting on the planning applications above, Clr Cooper did say yesterday that Britain should do more to encourage wind power.

“Malta and Luxembourg are the only two countries in the European Union which generate a lower percentage of their energy from renewables than the UK,” he said.

“There’s not as much investment in wind power in this country as there is in other countries.”

Source:  by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, www.examiner.co.uk 6 January 2011

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