Breaking News: A decision on whether to grant planning permission for a wind farm on land near Birkin has been deferred at a meeting in Selby tonight.
Members of the district’s planning committee had been expected to reject the proposed application – known locally as the Wood Lane Wind Farm – after a report from the council’s planning department pointed to potentially unacceptable noise levels at properties in Birkin and West Haddlesey.
But a late submission by applicant, Prowind, left councillors concerned of experiencing ‘legal difficulties’, should the application be determined.
Councillors have now voted to defer the decision to a later committee as planners await the submission of an environmental impact assessment by applicants.
Around a hundred members of the public attended the meeting at the council’s new Civic Centre headquarters on Doncaster Road. Many feeling disappointed by the additional delay.
A statement by campaigners on the Stop Wood Lane Wind Farm said, ‘It is a very one sided set up. The people that live in the area are given days to respond to every request and the applicant can take as long as they like.
‘The applicant clearly knows how to exploit the system to their advantage.’
A decision on the application, which would see a total of 14 turbines built on land close to the villages of Birkin, Gateforth and West Haddlesey, has been pending since the application was submitted in the spring of 2009.
The earliest date at which the council could make a decision on the application, following the deferment, is May 8th.
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