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Objections over large turbine plans for Denholme

Plans for a 45-metre high turbine high on the moors at Denholme have sparked an outcry by anti-windfarm campaigners.

Bradford Council has received an application for the turbine at Denholme Business Centre on Halifax Road.

The centre, which can house up to 38 businesses, was granted permission for a 1,000 panel solar farm on a neighbouring field. And that green initiative was broadly welcomed.

The application says the turbine “will provide sufficient electricity to meet the growing needs of the Business Centre once fully occupied by tenants and to generate income to support the further renovation and development of the site”.

But the proposal to install the turbine is a step too far, says Anthea Orchard of the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group. She said: “There’s hell going on about this. As a group we didn’t object to the solar panels – now we find out they’re going for a turbine as well.”

“And it’s not one of the small ones. The post is 30 metres high and the diameter of the blades is 30 metres so that makes for 45 metres from top to bottom.”

Mrs Orchard said plans for a wind turbine had not been mentioned in previous discussions with one of Denholme Business Centre’s owners, Bradford solicitor Iqbal Singh Sekhon.

And she said that the new application would be strongly opposed.

However Mr Sekhon said that while Denholme Business Park had not supported other windfarm proposals, the aim had always been to create the Bradford district’s first totally green industrial site.

He said: “Our site supports hundreds of jobs and people will be able to say on their products that they have been made with green power.

“We have done impact visualisations and the turbine will be in a sympathetic grey colour, not bright white, so it will blend in with the surroundings.”

Denholme Mayor Steve Nunn said residents had already approached him with concerns about the proposal.

“The main issue for people seems to be that existing turbines are all in areas where there are already structures such as metal pylons,” he said.

He said the matter was due to be discussed at the next full meeting of Denholme town council on Tuesday, January 21.

Mr Sekhon said he would be “delighted” to attend the meeting as Denholme Business Centre has worked successfully with the council and community.

Bradford Council planners are due to make a decision on the Denholme turbine next month.