Anti-wind farm campaigners fighting for rejection of eight turbines in Criddling Stubbs are claiming partial victory after Selby District Council recommended its refusal in a letter to North Yorkshire County Council.
It was recommended in the letter to NYCC that the Darrington Quarries submission for eight turbines up to 125 metres high be rejected on grounds of infringement of green belt land, and that the wider environmental and economic benefits did not outweigh the overwhelming harm due to inappropriateness, openness and visual impact on the green belt and other harms.
Leading anti-wind farm campaigner Howard Ferguson (right) said: “No member of the Public was permitted to speak, but Coun Gillian Ivey did talk on behalf of her constituents and recommended further detail be added. In particular, that should the wind farm be approved, that the turbine closest to homes should not be allowed. This was not about giving in, but was about a prudent precaution.”
A spokeswoman for applicants Darrington Quarries said the company was awaiting a date for when its application would go to full planning committee, and hoped it would be in early Autumn.
She said the planning application was supported by a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the site’s suitability for a wind energy project.
She added: “The assessment concluded that the proposed project would not result in any unacceptable impacts on the local environment.”
At the same meeting, planning officers recommended a test mast from E.ON Renewables at Swandham Wood, Sutton Lane in Byram be approved, be approved.
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