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Turbine worries

There are fears plans for a wind turbine close to Flamborough Headland would blight a protected area and could open the floodgates to more.

Developers Wind Energy Direct Ltd are considering putting a 377ft turbine on land between Bempton and Sewerby.

It would be seen clearly from the villages and fears are it could dominate the Sewerby, Marton and Danes Dyke area – itself a protected nature reserve – and is within Flamborough’s Heritage Coast area.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee will consider an application by the Ireland based company for a 200ft wind monitoring mast on the site for a period of 18 months.

If it shows the turbine – almost as big as those at Lissett – would be viable, a planning application for the 377ft turbine itself would follow, which would be subject to full consultation.

The site, owned by a local family, is close to Munton’s Maltsters in Jewison Lane, which would use power from the turbine.

A spokesman for Muntons said it had no joint interest with the developers.

He said: “Wind Energy Direct contacted us and asked if they put up a wind turbine nearby would we be interested in taking energy from it.

“We said we would as we are an ethical company which cares about the environment. We are 13th in the Sunday Times – Continued on Page 3

list of around 60 Best Green Energy businesses in the UK, the fourth year we have been listed and our highest rating.”

The plan has worried local residents, among them David Hinde, 55, of High Street, Bempton, who said his biggest concern was many local people are completely unaware of the proposal.

He said: “It will have the same visual impact as the turbines at Lissett.

“I am very concerned if it goes ahead it could open the floodgates to more wind turbines on the headland.”

Among those unaware of the plan on its doorstep is Flamborough Parish Council. Although the site is not within its parish, chairman Ian Woodhouse believes they would probably be the most affected.

He said: “For example, we fought tooth and nail to protect Danes Dyke. Personally I am very wary of this proposal and would not be in favour of it.

“Apart from the visual impact it could have a detrimental effect on wildlife including migrating birds.

“Turbines should be in a much less sentitive area.”

The matter will be discussed at the parish council’s next meeting on July 4.

At its meeting on Tuesday evening Bempton Parish Council recommended the aplication for the monitoring mast be rejected/approved *********

However, Bridlington Town Councillors raised no objection to it at their planning committee meeting on June 13.

However the issue of wind turbines in general will be discussed at its full meeting on July 20.

Wind Energy Direct have confirmed the project is for a single turbine feeding directly into the Muntons industrial unit and it is at a very early stage.

If the project proves viable they will be involved with the community through public information and consultation days prior to any full planning application for the turbine is submitted.

John Wilkinson, East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor for Bridlington North, said in his view Bridlington itself was in danger of suffering from windfarm and turbine proposals.

He said: “I would be against a proliferation of wind turbines in the vicinity of the Heritage Coast and Danes Dyke, and around the resort of Bridlington.

“They will have the effect of industrialising the area and detracting from its visitor appeal.”

l Proposals are currently in progress for a multi-turbine wind farm at Fraisthorpe, a further multi-turbine development at Thornholme near Burton Agnes and one between Burton Fleming and Hunmanby.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council recently gave approval for a twin turbine site at Carnaby.