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Denholme campaigners hit out at wind farm pictures

Thornton Moor images fail to provide reassurance

Campaigners in Denholme have vowed to continue fighting plans for a wind farm after receiving pictures of the proposed development.

Developer Banks Renewables has circulated a newsletter to residents living near Thornton Moor, where it hopes to build up to four wind turbines with the potential to produce electricity for around 4,400 homes.

The newsletter, which has been distributed to homes in nearby communities including Denholme, contains pictures showing how turbines from a design being considered by the company would look from vantage points in the area.

But Anthea Orchard, of Denholme Gate, who formed Thornton Moor Wind Farm Action Group last year, said many residents were not convinced the pictures accurately depicted what the turbines would look like.

She said around 100 people had attended a neighbourhood forum at Denholme Mechanics’ Institute last week, where concerns were raised over the proposals.

Mrs Orchard said: “As more and more information is coming to light it makes us determined to fight this more than ever.

“Across the country there are 240 groups opposing plans like this and it’s for a reason.”

Shipley MP Philip Davies has also spoken out against the proposals.

He said: “Wind turbines are a blot on the landscape and I think they are going to be a menace for the people who live close to them in my constituency. People may be able to make a sacrifice for something that would make a big contribution for the country’s energy needs. These wind farms generate next to no electricity. I don’t see who benefits from this development apart from this particular company.”

But Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “The images we’ve included in the Thornton Moor newsletter have been very carefully designed by an independent consultancy to give the most accurate possible representation of how one design of the proposed scheme would look from various key vantage points around the area.

“By creating and making these images available, we’re aiming to give local people the factual information they need to make up their minds about how the scheme might look.

“Design work on the scheme is continuing, with the comments that we are gathering as a result of this newsletter being fed back into this process, and we are confident that we will be able to create a final design for the Thornton Moor scheme that is environmentally acceptable to local people as well as capable of producing significant amounts of renewable energy.”