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Julian Sturdy backs opposition for Banks Renewables wind farm at Hagg Wood  

Credit:  By Mark Stead, Poliical Reporer, The Press, www.yorkpress.co.uk 17 March 2011 ~~

A York MP says a green energy firm which is looking at creating a wind farm on the edge of the city should ditch its plans.

Banks Renewables is expected to make a decision on whether it will look to install five 475ft turbines on land next to the A64 near Copmanthorpe and Askham Bryan within the next six months.

But people living near the Hagg Wood site say the structures, which would be twice the height of York Minster and cost about £2.5 million each, would make too much noise and destroy the appearance of the area.

And Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer, says he will back their fight and believes Banks, which is initially submitting a planning application for a wind monitoring mast in the area before deciding its next steps, should abandon the scheme.

The firm says the wind farm would see money ploughed into community schemes and create about 30 construction jobs, producing enough power to heat 8,300 homes. Hundreds of people attended a public exhibition in Copmanthorpe earlier this month and an action group opposing any scheme has been set up.

Mr Sturdy said: “I can assure local residents I wholeheartedly share their position and shall fight to protect Copmanthorpe from any wind farm development.

“I note an application for a reporting mast has now been submitted for consideration, and I would therefore urge all local councillors to take on board the strength of local feeling which exists in Copmanthorpe and the surrounding areas in reaction to this proposal.

“Ultimately, I truly hope Banks Renewables will drop their plans in the face of united, local opposition. However, should a full application be forthcoming, it is crucial that all residents make their feelings known. At every stage of the planning process, I shall be lobbying on behalf of the community to ensure constituents’ voices are heard loud and clear.”

Banks Renewables development director Phil Dyke said: “We are looking forward to hosting a meeting with Julian Sturdy in the near future and we very much welcome his contribution to the ongoing debate.

“We are still at an early stage of the project and so far we have gathered a wide range of opinions through our public consultation process.

“We will continue to actively engage with as many people as possible to ensure everybody is able to express their opinions and can make up their minds based on accurate information.”

Source:  By Mark Stead, Poliical Reporer, The Press, www.yorkpress.co.uk 17 March 2011

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