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Owner of Roseberry Topping opposing plans to build giant wind farm near Guisborough  

Credit:  By Mike Morgan | Gazette Live | 16 Jan 2014 | www.gazettelive.co.uk/ ~~

The owner of Roseberry Topping is opposing plans to build a giant wind farm near Guisborough.

The National Trust has sent a letter of objection to Redcar and Cleveland Council, saying the application should be refused.

The trust joins the North York Moors National Park Authority among the authorities against the £15.6m scheme.

Developer Banks Renewables wants to build a five-turbine, 433ft high Bank Field wind farm on agricultural land on the north side of the A171.

But the National Trust fears views will be blighted if the scheme goes ahead.

The letter, by Barbara Hooper, planning adviser Yorkshire and North East region, says the distinctive hill, at 322m high, is visible for miles around and is an iconic image of the area.

It’s popular with tourists and walkers, with the Cleveland Way running up to its summit and is historic, with connection to explorer Captain James Cook, raised nearby.

The view of Roseberry Topping is nationally recognised as one of the top views in the country.

The National Trust says the proposed turbines will be, at 132m to tip, the largest in the area and a “dominant, intrusive” feature in the landscape about 2km from the north boundary of the national park.

It says National Planning Policy Framework states: “Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty of National Parks.”

And guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government says: “Need for renewable energy does not override environmental protections and planning concerns of local communities.”

As reported, the NYMNPA has also objected, saying views of hills for miles around could be affected by the height and proximity of the turbines.

Locals also fear values of their homes will fall if the scheme goes ahead.

Fight In Guisborough to Halt Wind Turbines group spokesman Peter Berry said: “We’re pleased the National Trust has objected to the proposed Guisborough wind farm due to “enormous detrimental impact” on views over Roseberry Topping and other iconic landmarks in the area.

“This concurs with findings of the National Park Authority and the majority of local residents and visitors to the area.”

Phil Dyke, Banks Renewables development director, said: “ Environmental and habitat considerations always form a key part of development of renewable energy projects.

“It’s disappointing the National Trust has chosen not to agree with our view that the Bank Field site is a wholly suitable location, especially as they themselves say in their letter views from the summit of Roseberry Topping already “encompass existing turbines and the extensive industrial areas of Teesside.”

Source:  By Mike Morgan | Gazette Live | 16 Jan 2014 | www.gazettelive.co.uk/

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