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Redcar MP hits out at conservation zone wind turbines  

Credit:  By Krysta Eaves | Gazette Live | 9 Dec 2013 | www.gazettelive.co.uk ~~

An MP says it is “wholly inappropriate” to erect two 140m turbines in a conservation area of Redcar.

Airvolution Energy Limited wants to put up two wind turbines off the A174 between Wilton and Yearby.

But the proposals have angered some locals, who have vowed to oppose the scheme.

Redcar Lib Dem MP Ian Swales who has previously spoken out against the scheme is now calling on Redcar and Celveland Council to “seriously consider the views of local residents” after he had a meeting with the chief executive of Airvolution.

The proposed conservation site for the two turbines is home to several grade 1 and 2 listed buildings.

Mr Swales said although he supports renewable energy sources in “appropriate” locations, it is “unacceptable that two 140 metre turbines, which are larger than the London Eye, should be placed in the heart of a conservation area”.

He said that it was noted in the meeting that it was the company’s policy to keep a minimum distance of five times the diameter of the turbine’s blades away from local housing and the proposed site is the only one in his constituency that meets those conditions.

But Mr Swales said: “I strongly believe that turbines of such a great size in a conservation area are wholly inappropriate.

“I have spoken to many local residents who have expressed concerns about the impact of the turbines on the natural landscape. We already have 27 wind turbines just a mile from the beach and many residents are now telling me that enough is enough.”

Airvolution says that under its community benefit fund, its scheme would provide at least £20,000 a year for local causes.

In a separate scheme, Cirrus Energy has applied to put a single turbine on land near Turner’s Arms Farm. The turbine will be 78m to blade tip and will generate power for approximately 340 homes.

Residents can make a comment on the proposals by logging on to http://www.wilton-wind.co.uk/register.aspx

Source:  By Krysta Eaves | Gazette Live | 9 Dec 2013 | www.gazettelive.co.uk

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