Residents pledge to fight Guisborough wind farm plan
Credit: by Mike Morgan, Evening Gazette | www.gazettelive.co.uk 17 August 2012 ~~
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Families whose homes could be in the shadow of six massive wind turbines near Guisborough have told of their fears for the development.
Proposals for the ÂŁ15.6m wind farm on land off Wilton Lane, Guisborough, include 410ft turbines, nearly twice the height of Middlesbroughâ€™s Transporter Bridge.
If they are sited on a nearby hill, residents at 24 homes at the former ironstone miners Mount Pleasant homes say this could add hundreds of feet to the overall effect.
The proposed Bankfield Wind Farm, opposite a landfill site north of the A171, has already been criticised by many Guisborough locals, historians and conservationists.
But other locals welcome the potential â€śgreen powerâ€ť scheme.
Developer Banks Renewables says 40 construction jobs will be created and local supply firms could tender for contracts worth about ÂŁ3m.
Mount Pleasant residents, off Wilton Lane, whose homes lie within a few hundred yards of the vast proposed site have strong criticisms.
Teacher and mum of one Jacqueline Smith, 42, has lived in the terrace for 18 years.
She said: â€śI donâ€™t want the turbines under any circumstances – even if thereâ€™s compensation.
â€śThis community has hardly changed for 100 years.
â€śWe moved here because of the view, isolation and because itâ€™s a nice place to escape to.
â€śIf they put these turbines here it will spoil the landscape and be a permanent eyesore.â€ť
Developers have told the Gazette the scheme could produce power for 12,500 homes.
But in their own literature supplied to Mount Pleasant locals, they quote just 9,700.
Chauffeur Stuart McFarlane, 64, who has lived in Mount Pleasant 24 years with partner Angela, said: â€śThis is a nice, quiet place – a small community of its own. Weâ€™re going to the consultation to see what the developers have to say.
â€śTheyâ€™ll have a job getting permission, but Iâ€™m trying to keep an open mind.
â€śIf the turbines are white or grey theyâ€™ll stand out like sore thumbs.
â€śIssues include oppressive size and possible noise. We already get noise from Guisborough bypass despite double glazing.â€ť
He said locals may discuss a joint response.
He added: â€śThis is Lord Gisboroughâ€™s land and itâ€™s up to him what he does with it, but the houses are privately owned.â€ť
Locals get their first look at the outline plans at a public exhibition from 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday, August 28, at Guisborough Methodist Church Hall.
Lord Gisborough was unavailable for comment yesterday.
But Philip Dyke, Banks Renewables development director, said people should â€ścome along to our exhibition and get the facts before they make their minds up.â€ť
A planning application for a mast to gather wind speed data will be submitted in the next few weeks ahead of a full planning application in about a year.
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