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Villagers’ anxiety over 180ft tall wind turbines plan

Fears that two giant wind turbines could dominate the skyline around Castle Hill have re-surfaced.

Last May, York-based wind energy company Emprica Investments applied to install wind speed measuring devices on Green Belt land to the north and south of Farnley Tyas.

The company has now submitted two separate planning applications for 60m (180ft) tall turbines – one of which could obstruct villagers’ view of Victoria Tower.

One turbine is off Thurstonland Road near Whinny Wood and the other is at Field Lane just north of the village.

Kirklees Council’s conservation officer Anne Ross has recommended planners turn the applications down.

Her report says the turbines are too large for the area and would have a highly detrimental impact upon listed buildings and the wider countryside.

But community group members are still preparing for a fight.

Sue Morris, a member of Farnley Tyas Community Group, said: “A couple of the reports have recommended refusal. We understand there’s been quite a lot of people opposed.

“But until it’s brought to the planning committee we don’t know what they’re thinking. If it does get to committee we want people to turn up and have their say.”

The community group is holding a meeting on Wednesday at the village bowling club from 7pm.

It is thought the wind turbines may go to Kirklees Council’s planning sub-committee on August 15.