September 1, 2012

Turbine is rejected

by Kathryn Smith, Evening Gazette | 1 September 2012

A bid to site a 219ft high wind turbine on a site in East Cleveland has been rejected.

Redcar and Cleveland Council’s planning committee voted 10-1 to refuse Empirica’s application for consent to site the wind turbine at Ridge Farm, Stanghow Ridge.

More than 20 letters of objections were received against the wind turbine plan. The North York Moors National Park Committee also opposed the application.

Sam Bell, 19, of Stanghow, a Teesside University student, told the planning committee the wind turbine would be at a gateway to the national park.

“The turbine will be seen for miles and spoil the panoramic views,” he said.

He feared it would harm wildlife.

“There are many interesting walks in this area. Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy them. They do not want to visit a wind turbine,” he said.

Sandra Young said the wind turbine would overshadow the village where residents had worked hard to successfully compete in Northumbria in Bloom and Britain in Bloom.

Councillor Bill Suthers said: “The tips of the blades will be 1,000ft above sea level and will be visible from Roseberry topping and Danby Beacon.”

Lockwood Parish Council chairman Ian Solomon said: “This will be a scar on the landscape for a generation.”

Local councillor Steve Kay said: “The site is bang in the middle of an impressive vista, well-loved by residents and visitors alike. It is at the gateway to the national park, which this turbine now threatens to overbear and disfigure.”

Sophie Taylor, agent for the applicants, said the site was in an area where the landscape had no special designation. It was more than 1km away from the nearest property.

She said the turbine would be visible from just 1.2% of the national park and it met criteria in the council’s development plans.

Councillor Valerie Halton said: “I have huge concerns we are getting applications for single turbines. If we keep passing them we will have an incremental effect and we will have an army of turbines marching across our moors.”

Councillor Doreen Rudland said: “We have to think about the future. What do we do when all the fuel has gone?”

After the meeting Sophie Taylor said an appeal would be submitted.

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