Building a 200ft turbine would spoil views enjoyed by generations of visitors to the house where the novelist Winifred Holtby was born, objectors claim.
WD Sellars & Sons want to install a 218ft turbine within half a mile of Rudston, near Driffield, reputedly England’s oldest inhabited village, home of the famous monolith, the tallest standing stone in England, and where the author of South Riding was born to a prosperous farming family in 1898.
The farming business, which extends to 1,550 acres, says it will help diversify and buffer income from increasingly volatile commodity markets.
But objectors are concerned it will spoil views of the 25ft monolith looking west from the churchyard and from Rudston House.
Angela Dawson, of Rudston House, states in her objection: “Many visitors a year come to Rudston House where she was born to see the views to the west of the house and farm which she wrote about. A wind turbine at Springdale Farm would tower over Rudston House and all the houses of Rudston especially on the west side of the village.”
Campaigner David Hinde, who has already beaten off a number of turbine applications in Bempton and Flamborough, said: “There can’t be a more inappropriate spot in this Neolithic landscape for an industrial turbine of this magnitude which will be seen from as far away as Flamborough and Beverley.
“Winifred Holtby would have been mortified to have learned of these proposals, on elevated land immediately adjacent to the scenic ‘B’ Road across the Wolds.”
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