Opening shots have been fired at the public inquiry into whether nine large wind turbines should be built overlooking Bridlington Bay.
Objectors say the proposal, if allowed, would forever change the landscape at one of Yorkshire’s most popular tourist destinations.
The public seats at Bridlington Town Hall were filled yesterday as representatives from Fraisthorpe Wind Farm Limited argued their case in front of planning inspector Ken Barton.
The representatives said: “Each and every scheme is vital if this country is going to meet its binding and challenging national and international obligations.
“This is the right form of sustainable development, in the right place, at the right time.
“Pursuant to the National Planning Policy Framework, there is an expressly stated presumption in favour of granting planning permission.”
The appeal is being heard by a planning inspector after TCI Renewables, the company behind the bid, complained to the Secretary of State when East Riding Council failed to determine its application within the required eight-week deadline.
The company wants to install nine 420ft turbines at Auburn Farm in Fraisthorpe.
Since the Secretary of State’s decision, East Riding planning committee has voted to reject the application. The rejection will have no bearing on whether or not it is constructed. The decision lies with the planning inspector.
East Riding Council is the respondent at the appeal hearing.
The council’s representative told the inspector: “The planning committee considered the proposal on September 12 and agreed with the officer recommendation to resist the appeal on two grounds. The first related to the landscape and visual impacts of the proposal.”
The MOD raised the second objection over the anticipated effects on equipment at RAF Staxton Wold.
The inquiry heard yesterday the MOD withdrew its objection last Friday, after discussions with the applicant, subject to certain conditions being met.
But the council stuck to its main objection.
A spokesman said the authority accepted the wider benefits of wind energy development.
The spokesman said: “The harm the proposal would cause to the landscape and visual interests would significantly outweigh these benefits.”
The company summed up its view, saying: “Put very simply, some people are not going to like these turbines. That is not the point.”
The inquiry at Bridlington Town Hall is due to continue until Friday. After that, a site visit to Fraisthorpe is planned for next Tuesday.
The eventual decision is likely to take weeks or even months.
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