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Villagers: We will fight wind farm plans again  

Credit:  By Jim Coldwell | Hull Daily Mail | April 09, 2013 | www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk ~~

Controversial plans for a wind farm close to an East Yorkshire village are expected to be submitted later this year.

Renewable energy company Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has submitted a scoping request to East Riding Council for the four- turbine wind farm near Skerne.

The site is located south of the village, 3km to the east of Hutton Cranswick.

RES had previously considered a ten-turbine scheme for the site following initial investigations and public exhibitions.

On the back of the public meetings, the new four-turbine proposal is being developed to address local concerns, in particular minimising the visual impact of the scheme.

Mícheál O’Broin, project manager at RES, said: “We have always believed in this site’s potential for a wind farm, given the flat nature of the landscape and the good wind speeds necessary to power the turbines.

“We are happy we’ve been able to take local feedback from past consultation into account in order to design a project that will generate significant clean and green renewable electricity along with delivering important community benefits.

“In the coming months, we will undertake a comprehensive programme of public consultation.”

A planning application has not yet been submitted but RES are hoping to have plans ready later this year.

The Wolds Wind Farm Opposition (WWFO) group was set up to voice residents’ concerns over initial proposals in 2005.

A spokesman for WWFO said: “The residents in Skerne will fight this development again if another planning application is submitted.

“The reason we objected to it in the first place was that it was too close to houses and that is still the case.”

Each turbine could now be larger than the 100m (328ft) originally planned.

Source:  By Jim Coldwell | Hull Daily Mail | April 09, 2013 | www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk

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