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Bempton villagers celebrate after turbine plan is rejected

Residents in an East Riding village are celebrating after a wind turbine application was thrown out.

Despite the owner of Manor Farm in Bempton reducing the application from two turbines to one turbine, the plans have been refused by East Riding Council’s eastern area planning committee this month.

The plan for the 24m turbine was thrown out after an objection by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), which was concerned with the interference to its radar at nearby Staxton Wold.

Concerns were also raised about the impact on barn owls living in the area and on the heritage coast.

Resident David Hinde has campaigned against the application for almost a year.

He said: “The scheme has been rejected even after they scaled down the application, so I think that will be it now.

“I can’t see them appealing because of the MoD objection.

“There were 160 objections to their first application and more than 100 this time around.

“This would be just 300 yards from the village. Rejecting this scheme is absolutely critical to the heritage coast.”

Mr Hinde hopes the decision will put off other developers.

He said: “We are very pleased. This is a double celebration for us. This will give us some protection from future applications.

“The whole village is relieved as this is the last of this current set of applications.”

Fellow resident Bernard Traves has also expressed his relief.

He said: “We are delighted and can only thank the planning committee.

“The people putting in these turbine applications just don’t realise the stress it puts on people’s lives and the sleepless nights it causes.

“A lot of work has gone in to protecting the heritage coast over the years and that shouldn’t be undone now.

“We need all the parish councils to get together to fight future applications.”

The owners of Manor Farm in Bempton submitted plans to install the 24m Gaia turbine on land that would lie just 180m away from homes.

But councillors unanimously threw out the plans.