A campaign has been launched against plans to erect a wind turbine which residents fear will destroy the character of their village.
Villagers in Wistow Lordship have now drafted in their MP to help them fight proposals for the 61 metre tall turbine on land at Laburnum Farm which would be 400 metres away from the nearest property.
Residents of neighbouring Park Farm Cottages, Carol and Billy Robinson, 69 and 72 respectively, have lived in the village for 43 years.
They said: “It’s going to affect us badly, it’s going to destroy our peace.
“We moved here was because it was so nice and quiet. It’s so open down here it’s going to be a right eye sore.”
Mrs Robinson added that no thought had been given to the possibility of house values dropping because of the turbine, or the affect on wildlife, people walking their dogs or horse riders.
Fellow villager Louise Davison added: “The turbine will dominate the view from virtually every window.”
Agents for applicant John Sherwood, AAH Planning Consultants, asked us to contact RenewableUK for a response.
A spokesman said: “Developers take all these issues extremely seriously and each development goes through a stringent planning process, including environmental impact assessments, to ensure it meets the highest standards of acting in the public interest.”
Selby MP Nigel Adams met with campaigners after plans were submitted to Selby District Council.
He said: “The residents have every right to be concerned regarding the size of this particular turbine and the proximity to their homes.
“Onshore wind turbines are not something I am a huge fan of, but if they are to be erected then they need to be erected with the views of local residents in mind and not just the bank balance of the developers.”
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