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Bronte Society fights Ovenden Moor wind farm plans  

Credit:  By Chris Young, T&A Reporter | Telegraph & Argus | 8 November 2012 | www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk ~~

A society dedicated to the legacy of the Bronte sisters is objecting to plans for a wind farm it feels could damage tourism.

Members of the Bronte Society will go to Halifax Town Hall on Tuesday to help fight planned changes to the Ovenden Moor wind farm in Wainstalls.

There is already a wind farm on the site, but plans to increase the size of nine of the turbines from 48.9 metres to 115 metres has angered the society.

They say the existing farm is already visible from parts of Haworth, traditional Bronte country, and so the bigger turbines will be more of an eyesore to tourists attracted to the area by its literary links.

Yorkshire Wind Power plans to reduce the number of turbines at the site from 23 to nine and says a reduced number of large turbines will be preferable to 23 smaller ones while still generating large amounts of green energy.

Calderdale Council will discuss the application at a meeting of its planning committee, which starts at 3pm on Tuesday.

Sally McDonald and Christine Went, of the Haworth-based Bronte Society, both plan to attend and speak their cases.

Mrs Went said: “Given you can see the existing turbines from Haworth and these ones will be twice the size, the Bronte society considers this wholly inappropriate.

“Even thought there will be fewer of them, the impact will be much greater. You will have structures twice the size of Nelson’s column.

“When people come to Haworth they want to walk in the areas that have connections to Wuthering Heights. The last thing they want to see is a wind turbine.

“The Haworth economy is based on tourism, which is a delicate industry. It is not a good time to have a feature this size imposed by another council.

“We don’t want tourists to say ‘I went to Haworth, but saw a huge wind farm’.”

Denholme Town Council and Oxenhope Parish Council have also objected, citing the visual impact on their residents and visitors. Calderdale council has received 108 letters of objection to the proposal and seven letters of support.

Source:  By Chris Young, T&A Reporter | Telegraph & Argus | 8 November 2012 | www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

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