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Council rejects plans for a wind turbine in Lingdale  

Credit:  by Sandy McKenzie, Evening Gazette | Sep 28 2012 | www.gazettelive.co.uk ~~

Objectors have won their third battle to halt a wind turbine being built on an East Cleveland site.

Redcar and Cleveland Council’s planning committee has again rejected a planning bid to site the 89m high wind turbine on land to the north of Kilton Lane, Greenhills Farm, Lingdale.

The committee refused consent at a meeting in January.

An appeal against that refusal was also rejected. The Government inspector was concerned about the development’s impact on the nearest house at 10 Kilton Thorpe.

The applicant, Stephen Carroll, submitted additional information about the impact on 10 Kilton Thorpe.

The occupant of the house John Hukin, who has lived at Kilton Thorpe for 32 years, said nothing had changed from the previous application.

“There are other areas that do not threaten heritage landscapes which are valued by local people,” he said.

Mr Hukin said the impact of the proposed turbine on his home would be significant. In the winter the setting sun would be behind the turbine and it would be like “living in a strobe light”.

Kilton Thorpe resident Bernard Flanigan said there was no evidence to support having the proposed wind turbine.

Arthur Murray, of Stanghow Residents’ Association, said: “What kind of people resubmit an application of this kind? The contempt for local people and the landscape is staggering. This area is beautiful.”

Ian Solomon, of Lockwood Parish Council, said nothing had changed with the application and the parish council maintained its objection.

Local councillor Steve Kay said: “The result of this resubmission is the people of Kilton Thorpe half a mile away continue to live in a never-ending nightmare of uncertainty.

“If you allow this wind turbine it will set a precedent, not only for more on this site but for scores of turbines across East Cleveland. The time to stop this invasion is now.”

Mr Carroll said he wanted to site the wind turbine as his family’s contribution to reducing CO2 emissions.

He said the nearest homes were 740m from the proposed turbine – well outside the 280m where it could be considered unacceptable.

“The impact is well below the threshold for refusal,” he said.

Councillor Valerie Halton said: “There will be material harm to the residents of Kilton Thorpe, particularly number 10. It will blight people’s lives.”

Councillor Mary Lanigan said she applauded Mr Carroll for his reasons in trying to carry out the project but it was not the right place.

The committee voted by 11 votes to none with one abstention to refuse the application.

Source:  by Sandy McKenzie, Evening Gazette | Sep 28 2012 | www.gazettelive.co.uk

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