Some 257 people have objected to a Shepley wind turbine plan.
Councillors will consider whether to grant permission for the 10kW microgeneration wind turbine on a 15m mast on agricultural land at 159, Lane Head Road, Shepley.
The applicant, David Woodhead, said he wants to reduce his carbon footprint and use suitable renewable energy sources.
The applicant’s supporting report cites Kirklees Council accepting a similar application 3km away for a larger turbine.
But the application drew huge objections – a group call the Shepley Turbine OPponents (STOP) submitted a 201 signature petition opposing it.
There were 51 letters of objection and a five signature petition submitted against the plan.
Concerns included inappropriate development in the green belt, impact on wildlife, it de-valuing property and concerns that the turbine could ice up in winter and result in ice being thrown when it rotates, putting at risk pedestrians using the nearby public footpath.
A further three letters of support and a 92 signature petition in support of the plan were submitted. The council’s report shows the majority of signatories do not live within Shepley or the immediate area.
Kirklees Council’s planning officers have recommended it for refusal after the council’s conservation and design department raised objections that the proposal will “adversely affect the setting of the Shepley Conservation Area and a nearby listed building”.
The application will be considered by the council’s planning sub-Committee at 1pm tomorrow at Dewsbury Town Hall.
Planning officers have recommended councillors approve a wind turbine application for Flockton.
The Milking Parlour, Cockermouth Farm, Cockermouth Lane, has applied to Kirklees for permission of two 15m turbines.
Four letters of objection were submitted raising concerns about the potential noise, visual impact and danger posed to horse riders. Officers recommend approval saying: “The proposal is inappropriate development in the green belt. However, its contribution to national, regional and local renewable energy targets is considered to constitute very special circumstances which outweigh the harm caused.”
The plan will also be considered tomorrow.
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